U.P. Yoddhas, the team owned by GMR Group, were handed a 37-42 defeat by Bengal Warriors 37-42 in their game at the SMS Indoor Stadium, Jaipur. Captain Pardeep Narwal was the highest scorer for U.P. Yoddhas, earning his Super 10 with 16 points. U.P. Yoddhas are tenth in the Pro Kabaddi 2023-24 standings with 22 points in their kitty.

U.P. Yoddhas will now face Patna Pirates on January 19, 2024. The match between U.P. Yoddhas and Patna Pirates will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports Network and streamed LIVE on Disney Hotstar from 09:00 p.m. (IST) onwards.

U.P. Yoddhas started the game with a pointless opening raid after losing the toss to Bengal Warriors. Bengal Warriors drew first blood through a bonus point, but the Yoddhas restored parity through Vijay Malik. The game after that was a neck-to-neck battle, with both teams fighting hard not to concede the lead with the scoreboard reading 7-7. After this, a failed tackle attempt by the Yoddhas resulted in the Warriors racing ahead with a four-point lead at 7-11.

U.P. Yoddhas tried hard to equalize but failed to return to momentum and faced their first All-out of the game with five minutes to go in the opening half as the scoreboard read 10-17 in the Warriors’ favour. In the final five minutes, Pardeep Narwal played an attacking game, but still, the Yoddhas trailed the Warriors by seven points (14-21) at the halfway mark.

The second half began on an impressive note for U.P. Yoddhas as they continued their momentum from the final moments of the first half. Pardeep Narwal was on fire, earning three crucial points for Yoddhas within the first three minutes of the second half, which resulted in the Yoddhas inflicting the first All-Out on the warriors. The scoreboard at this point read 20-24 as the Yoddhas trailed by four points.

Hereon, while the Yoddhas Raiders made a super effort to make a comeback, the Warriors’ all-round performance ensured they never let their lead go away. U.P. Yoddhas, even after inflicting a second All-out on the Warriors in the final moments of the game, could not catch up and went down 37-42.