U.P. Yoddhas, the GMR Group-owned franchise representing the state of Uttar Pradesh in the Pro Kabaddi League, secured their second consecutive win in Pro Kabaddi 2023-24 with a 48-33 triumph over the Telugu Titans. The result propelled the team to the second spot in the league standings.
Super raider Surender Gill, who emerged as the highest scorer for U.P. Yoddhas, earned 14 points, securing his second Super 10 of the ongoing season. He also received the Game Changer award for his outstanding performance in the game. Nitesh Kumar, who led the defence unit impressively, won the Moment of The Match award. Captain and Dubki King Pardeep Narwal continued his excellent form, providing crucial support to Gill by earning eight points from the game. U.P. Yoddhas now occupy the second spot on the PKL 2023-24 points table with 11 points.
U.P. Yoddhas will now face the Bengaluru Bulls in Bengaluru on December 11, 2023. The match will be telecast LIVE & Exclusive on Star Sports Network and can be streamed LIVE on Disney Hotstar from 09:00 p.m. (IST) onwards.
After winning the toss, U.P. Yoddhas invited Telugu Titans for the opening raid. Nitesh Kumar, the ankle hold specialist, opened the scorecard for his side with his exceptional skills. The Yoddhas capitalized on the early advantage, with points coming quickly from the raid and defence departments. Dominating the mat, Yoddhas inflicted an early All-out on the Titans, racing ahead with a 7-point lead as the scorecard read 10-3 in their favour by eight minutes into the game.
Shortly after, when the fresh squad of Titans returned to the mat following the All-Out, Surender Gill heroically penetrated the Titans' defensive wall, executing a beautiful multi-point raid to extend his side's lead further. However, Telugu Titans attempted a comeback, reducing their deficit from seven points to five as the scorecard read 22-17 in favour of U.P. Yoddhas by the end of the first half.
The second half began with U.P. Yoddhas maintaining their impressive form. With support from the Dubki King, Pardeep Narwal, and the defenders, Surender Gill ensured that the Yoddhas held a healthy lead throughout the game. They inflicted the second All-out on their opponents, racing ahead with a score of 32-23 in their favour with ten minutes left in the match.
With just three minutes remaining in the game, Pardeep Narwal showcased his exceptional skills for which he is famous, executing a 3-point Super-Raid on the Titans and pushing them close to another All-Out, with the scorecard reading 40-26 in favour of the Yoddhas. A minute later, U.P. Yoddhas inflicted their third All-Out, sealing their victory with a substantial margin, and the scorecard stood at 44-26 still in favour of the Yoddhas in the thirty-eighth minute of the game.
Nitin, Nitesh, Sumit, and Gurdeep, who thwarted their opponent raiders, displayed a brilliant defensive show, collectively earning 15 points from the game. U.P. Yoddhas secured a comfortable win, prevailing 48-33 over the Telugu Titans.