U.P. Yoddhas, the GMR Group-owned team, aims for a win in their reverse fixture against Dabang Delhi K.C. in Match 92 of Pro Kabaddi 2023-24, played here at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium.
The team from Delhi got the better of the Yoddhas 25-35 when the two teams faced each other earlier this season. The Yoddhas need a win tomorrow to stay alive in the tournament after losing seven consecutive games. They are placed eleventh in the table with 23 points and a score difference of -54.
In their previous match, the Yoddhas went down 32-49 against Telugu Titans. On the other hand, the Dabang secured a 35-32 victory against the Haryana Steelers and are currently sitting in third position with 54 points and a score difference of 35.
The match between U.P. Yoddhas and Dabang Delhi K.C. will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports Network and can be streamed LIVE on Disney Hotstar from 27th January 2024, 09:00 p.m. (IST) onwards.
The Yoddhas and the Dabangs have faced each other ten times across the seasons of PKL, with the UP-based franchisee having the upper hand in the rivalry, emerging victorious on 6 occasions.
Speaking before the match, U.P. Yoddhas Head Coach Jasvir Singh said, “At this tournament stage, we need to win all remaining matches to make it to the playoffs. Surender’s injury has affected our combination. But it’s high time for our bench to rise on the occasion. This will be a crucial game for us with the playoffs in sight. The boys are giving their 100% in the training to get our campaign back on track. We missed out on victory against Patna but will do our best to turn the result to our side.”
With Surender’s injury, most raiding responsibilities are laid on Captain Pardeep Narwal, who features the most raid points and most successful raids with his 120 raid points in the season.
Both the corners, Sumit and Nitesh Kumar, have worked in tandem to strengthen Yoddhas’ defence, picking up 45 and 34 tackle points in the process. The cover defender Gurdeep has 28 tackle points to his name and has ably supported the corners. Seasoned all-rounder Vijay Malik has contributed in both the departments, earning 47 total points.
Star raider and stand-in captain Ashu Mallik will lead the attack for the Dabang Delhi K.C. in the upcoming match. With 157 raid points in 136 successful raids, he features among the best raiders of this season. The defence duo of Yogesh (41 tackle points) and Ashish (34 tackle points) will look to make it difficult for the Yoddhas’ raiders in the coming clash.