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PKL 8: Narwal helps U.P Yoddha thrash Dabang Delhi, improve playoff chances

The win helped Yoddha climb to third on the table with a match remaining in their league stages. U.P. Yoddha now have a total of 63 points from 21 games

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IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Photo: IANS
Photo: IANS

Pardeep Narwal was once again the hero for U.P. Yoddha as they beat Dabang Delhi K.C. 44-28 in match 117 of League Season 8 at the Sheraton Grand, Whitefield, here on Monday. Narwal scored a Super 10 (14 points) as Yoddha controlled the match from the beginning to the end.

The win helped Yoddha climb to third on the table with a match remaining in their league stages. U.P. Yoddha now have a total of 63 points from 21 games and are firm favourites for a slot in the playoff stages.

Delhi missed out on an opportunity to go closer to a Top 2 finish with the loss. They will also be sweating about Naveen Kumar's fitness after the star raider picked up an injury in the first half.

The first half was a cagey affair with Delhi and U.P. matching fire with fire. Narwal tried his level best to give his Yoddha team a lead only for the Delhi defenders to pounce on him. Delhi raider Naveen Kumar suffered the same fate at the other end of the match.

At the end of the first 10 minutes, the scores were tied 7-7. And that continued to be the case at the end of the 16th minute with the scores again level at 10-10. The balance finally shifted when a surprising review from Delhi exposed that 3 of their defenders had followed Narwal into the lobby without a touch. U.P. used that momentum to push for an all-out and got it with the last move of the first half. The scores were 18-12 at the interval with Yoddha in the lead.

Naveen Kumar was substituted for Manjeet in the second half presumably due to an injury. The substitute was impressive with his raids as Delhi pressed hard to level the scores. But their experienced defence kept leaking unnecessary points to the likes of Surender Gill and Pardeep Narwal.

The team from U.P. had a 7-point advantage after the first 10 minutes of the second half. The match continued to remain a low-scoring encounter with very few multi-point raids.

Narwal clinched his Super 10 as Yoddha got their second all-out with eight minutes remaining. That opened a 10-point lead and the U.P. raiders slowed the speed of their raids to kill time.

With Naveen on the bench, Delhi lacked the raiding prowess to challenge U.P. Yoddha. Narwal's raids helped the team open a massive 15-point lead with three minutes remaining. They got another all-out with two minutes remaining and went on to seal an important win in their race for a playoff spot.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, February 16 2022. 08:37 IST