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PKL 2019, Day 61 highlights: UP Yoddha beat Haryana Steelers 50-21

In the second match on Day 61, Gujarat Fortunegiants demolished Tamil Thalaivas 50-21, to keep their playoffs hopes alive.

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Haryana Steelers, Bengal Warriors, PKL 2019
Haryana Steelers players in action
In the first match on Day 61 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, started their home leg with a 30-37 loss against at the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula on Saturday. While in the second match of the day, demolished 50-21, to keep their playoffs hopes alive. 

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Shrikant Jadhav scored a Super 10 and Nitesh clinched a High 5 in a well-balanced performance by the UP team who now have seven wins from their last eight matches.

The game had a nervous start as both teams struggled to get the cohesion on the mat correctly. Surprisingly, it was the secondary raiders of both teams who got their teams going with Surender Gill producing a three-point Super Raid in the fourth minute to give the visiting team a lead. But Vinay produced a three-point raid for Haryana in the subsequent raid to restore the parity. 

Dharmaraj Cheralathan’s return from injury didn’t seem to have changed the Steelers’ defensive abilities on the mat as they were outscored by the UP defence in the first half ( UP – 5, Haryana – 2). The half ended with UP leading 15-11 but importantly for the home team, there were only three men remaining on the mat for Yoddha.

The second half continued to be the same, with Haryana scuffing chance after chance to inflict an All-Out as UP’s lead grew to 8 points. Both defences continued to fail as raiders picked up easy points. Haryana eventually secured their All-Out in the 7th minute of the half but still remained four points away from Yoddha. 

The All-Out in fact, hardly disturbed the balance of the match, as UP continued to dominate the proceedings despite the setback. Nitesh Kumar picked up a High 5 as the UP defence held firm and the team inflicted an All-Out on Steelers with under two minutes remaining to open up an 8-point gap. The lead proved too much for Haryana who lost the match by a margin of seven points that helped them secure a point.

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