Pardeep Narwal faced his former team on the mat.
U.P. Yoddha beat Patna Pirates 36-35 in the final move of the match to clinch much-needed 5 points in the first match of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 8 Christmas day triple-header at The Sheraton Grand Whitefield Bengaluru.
Patna thought they had managed to claw their way back into the Pro Kabaddi League tie in the last move of the match when they tackled Surender Gill but the UP raider ensured he got a bonus point in the process to keep that one-point lead alive. Pardeep Narwal, former Patna raider, was the highest point scorer for UP Yoddha with 12 points.
As expected Pardeep Narwal got off to a flier, picking up two bonus points in his first two raids and then following it up with a two-point raid. Patna struggled in the initial stages with their raiders Monu Goyat and Prashant Kumar Rai struggling.
A 3-point Super Raid in the 10th minute by UP Yoddha’s Shrikant Jadhav had three-time champions Patna Pirates sweating with just two men on the mat. But their all-rounder Sachin clinched an important raid point and followed it up with a Super Tackle. Patna then made a remarkable comeback with 4 Super tackles with the likes of Mohammadreza Chianeh and Sajin impressing. The first half ended with Patna in the lead at 20-12 with both sides failing to inflict an ALL OUT.
The second half saw both teams complete Super Tackles as the defenders took charge of the match. But a few mistakes from the men in green allowed UP to secure the game’s first ALL OUT in the 10th minute of the second half to open a narrow 3-point lead. The team from UP maintained the lead till the last few minutes partly due to a few mistakes from the Patna defence.
Patna Pirates however made it a one-point game with UP having to go through a do-or-die raid in the last move of this Pro Kabaddi League match. But Surender Gill showed great presence of mind to pick up a bonus point and win the match for UP Yoddha.