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Pro Kabaddi League: UP Yoddha beat Telugu Titans, U Mumba hammer Dabang Delhi

Prashanth Kumar Rai was the top scorer for UP Yoddha with 8 raid points. Abozar Mighani was a rock at the back for Telugu Titans and scored six tackle points but was let down by his raiders.

pro kabaddi league Updated: Dec 11, 2018 22:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Despite the win UP Yoddha remain second bottom in Zone B. (Pro Kabaddi)

A solid defensive performance by UP Yoddha saw them beat Telugu Titans 27-20 in Pro Kabaddi Season 6. Led by Nitesh Kumar who scored 5 points, the Yoddha defence scored 11 tackle points. Prashanth Kumar Rai was the top scorer for UP Yoddha with 8 raid points. Abozar Mighani was a rock at the back for Telugu Titans and scored six tackle points but was let down by his raiders. Nilesh Salunke scored just one raid point while Rahul Chaudhari got 6 points for Telugu Titans. Both teams remain in contention for a place in the playoffs.

UP Yoddha made a strong start to lead 3-0 after three minutes as Prashanth Kumar Rai made a two-point raid. It was a close contest in the first five minutes as Telugu Titans trailed 2-3. Telugu Titans led for the first time as they took 5-4 lead after eight minutes. Both teams traded raid and tackle points in the next few minutes with the score 8-8 after 15 minutes.

Abozar Mighani and Nitesh Kumar marshaled their teams’ defence superbly in a low-scoring half. Rahul Chaudhari made a two-point raid in the 18th minute as Titans went into the break leading 11-10.

UP Yoddha were the better in the second half as Nitesh Kumar kept Rahul Chaudhari quiet and got a high five himself. Titans forced a super tackle in the 28th minute to trail 15-16.

The next few minutes of the match saw UP Yoddha open a sizeable lead. An all out was inflicted in the 31st minute to lead 21-16.

With less than five minutes to go UP Yoddha held a six-point lead. The match looked like slipping from Titans’ grasp when Prashanth Rai made a two-point raid in the 39th minute as UP Yoddha led 27-19.

U Mumba beat Delhi Dabang

U Mumba underlined their title credentials yet again as they trounced Dabang Delhi 44-19 in a lopsided encounter of Pro Kabaddi Season 6. It was an all-round team effort from U Mumba as its raiders and defenders put in a convincing display. Siddharth Desai (12 points) and Rohit Baliyan (8 points) were excellent in raid department whereas Fazel Atrachali got a high five and Surender Singh with 4 points marshaled the defence superbly. Dabang Delhi struggled to get going against a robust opposition and one of its players had a standout match. Meraj Sheykh had a match to forget for Dabang Delhi as he failed to get off the mark. Despite the defeat Dabang Delhi remain in the hunt for a place in the playoffs.

First Published: Dec 11, 2018 22:37 IST