U.P. Yoddhas, the GMR Group-owned franchise, aims for a turnaround in its campaign in its reverse fixture against U Mumba in Match 102 of Pro Kabaddi 2023/24. The match is scheduled to take place at the Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium on February 3.
The two teams faced each other on the opening day of the ongoing season, where the Yoddhas closely missed out on a victory with a 31-34 loss. The Yoddhas are currently winless in their last eight matches and are sitting at 11th in the points table with 23 points and a score difference of -63.
In their previous match, the Yoddhas went down 36-27 against Dabang Delhi K.C.. On the other hand, U Mumba also lost their last game against Tamil Thalaivas, going down 34-50. The Mumbai franchisee will be desperate for a win tomorrow as they, too, have been winless in their previous eight games and are currently placed in 9th with 40 points and a score difference of -19.
The match between U.P. Yoddhas and U Mumba will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports Network and can be streamed LIVE on Disney Hotstar on February 3, 2024, from 08:00 p.m. (IST) onwards.
The Yoddhas and the Mumbas have faced each other 11 times across the seasons of PKL. The contest has stayed neck-to-neck as both teams have defeated the other on five occasions, with one match ending in a tie.
Before the match, U.P. Yoddhas Head Coach Jasvir Singh said, “We must give our best to stay alive in the tournament. Winning all our remaining matches is the only way to go. Our young raiders have shown promise in the last couple of games, but as a team, we must come out stronger as we can’t afford any mistakes now.”
The absence of Surender Gill due to injury added heaps of pressure in the raiding department on the shoulders of Captain Pardeep Narwal, who has displayed some shades of his greatness, picking up 122 raid points in 99 successful raids, as he features in the top 10 lists of most raid points and most successful raids in the tournament.
Sumit is leading the chart for the Yoddhas in defence with 51 tackle points in the tournament so far. He has been well supported by Nitesh Kumar and Gurdeep, who have earned 34 and 28 tackle points, respectively. All-rounder Vijay Mallik has been vital in both the departments, picking up 47 total points in the tournament.
For U Mumba, their star raider Guman Singh will be the force to reckon with, as he currently features in the top 3 in the lists of most raid points and most successful raids in the tournament, with 151 raid points in 120 successful raids. He is well assisted by all-rounder Amirmohammad Zafardanesh, who has picked up 116 raid points. In defence, the Surinder Singh and Rinku pair will look at their best in the upcoming clash against the Yoddhas.