U.P. Yoddhas, the franchise owned by the GMR Group, went down to Haryana Steelers with a score of 34-50 in Match number 112 of Pro Kabaddi 2023-24, held at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata.
The Yoddhas fought bravely in the last few minutes of the game, but unforced errors resulted in their loss. In the game, Mahipal earned his Super 10 by scoring 11 points, the highest for the Yoddhas, followed by Gagan Gowda, who scored 7 points. Harendra Kumar earned his High 5 from the game, accumulating 6 points from the left cover. With four victories and 29 points, U.P. Yoddhas are currently placed eleventh in the points table.
U.P. Yoddhas will now face Jaipur Pink Panthers in Kolkata on February 12, 2024. The match between U.P. Yoddhas and Jaipur Pink Panthers will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports Network and can be streamed LIVE on Disney Hotstar from 08:00 p.m. (IST) onwards.
U.P. Yoddhas were invited to raid first by the Haryana Steelers. However, the Yoddhas did not have the start they wished for, as the Steelers' raiders outplayed them in both departments, racing ahead with a score of 5-0 within the first three minutes of the game. Shivam Choudhary managed to open the account for U.P. Yoddhas with the help of a bonus point. A minute later, U.P. Yoddhas faced an early All-out, resulting in them trailing by seven points. The scorecard read 2-9 in favour of their opponents.
Subsequently, both teams traded blows, with the scoresheet continuously running. In the fourteenth minute of the game, Ashu and Harendra of U.P. Yoddhas showcased exemplary defensive skills. They inflicted back-to-back Super Tackles within the same minute and helped narrow the gap for their side. However, just before the end of the first half, the Steelers inflicted another All-out, concluding the first half with a score of 27-12 in their favour.
In the second half, the initial minutes saw a neck-to-neck competition, with both sides scoring a mix of raiding and defensive points. However, U.P. Yoddhas staged a comeback by inflicting their first All-Out on Haryana Steelers, reducing the 19-point gap to 9 points in the eleventh minute of the second half.
Despite their efforts, a super raid and another All-Out by the Steelers over the Yoddhas made the latter's attempt go in vain, and they found themselves trailing by 17 points with just four minutes to go in the game. Gagan Gowda displayed his acrobatic skills to earn a Super Raid in the final minutes, but it was too late, as Haryana Steelers walked away with a comfortable 50-34 win.