U.P. Yoddhas, owned by the GMR Group, went down to Gujarat Giants 30-38 in match 37 of the Pro Kabaddi 2023-24 at the SDAT Multi-purpose Indoor Stadium in Chennai.
For the Yoddhas, Surender Gill was the top scorer, earning his Super 10 with 13 points, while Nitesh Kumar was the top defender, earning six points. With 15 points from seven games U.P. Yoddhas are now placed eighth in the points tally. U.P. Yoddhas now move on to the much-anticipated home leg in Noida after a gap of two long years.
U.P. Yoddhas will now face Bengaluru Bulls at home at the Noida Indoor Stadium in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, on December 29 2023. The match between U.P. Yoddhas and Bengaluru Bulls will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports Network and can be streamed LIVE on Disney Hotstar on December 29, 2023, from 09:00 p.m. (IST) onwards.
Tickets for the Home Leg of U.P. Yoddhas are available on the PayTM Insider website and their Android & iOS applications.
The game began with U.P. Yoddhas winning the toss and inviting Gujarat Giants to raid. Though Gujarat Giants drew first blood, the Yoddhas raced their way into the lead with a multi-point raid from Pardeep Narwal and a super raid from Surender Gill. With the able support of their defenders. U.P. Yoddhas inflicted the first All-Out of the game on Gujarat Giants in the sixth minute, with the scorecard reading 10-4 in the former's favour. U.P. Yoddhas dominated the game after that in the first half, which ended with the scorecard reading 19-14 in their favour.
The second half began with Gujarat Giants pressing hard, and their efforts soon paid off. Gujarat Giants took the lead for the first time in the game, inflicting an All-Out on U.P. Yoddhas in the eighth minute of the second half with the score card reading 22-23 in Giants' favour. The game after that saw the giants not looking back, earning back-to-back points, maintaining their lead, inflicting the second All-out on the Yoddhas with three minutes to go, and the scorecard reading 26-34 in their favour. U.P. Yoddhas tried hard to make a comeback in the final three minutes but could not reduce the deficit as the game ended with the scorecard reading 30-38 in favour of the Gujarat Giants.