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PKL 2022: Pardeep Narwal late-raid helps UP Yoddhas edge Jaipur Pink Panthers in thriller

UP Yoddhas held their nerve to beat Jaipur Pink Panthers in their PKL 2022 opener (Image: PKL)

Bengaluru, October 7: Pardeep Narwal's late raid helped UP Yoddhas edge Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-32 in third match of the opening day of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2022 at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday (October 7).

For the Yoddhas, Surender Gill led the scoring with 9 points, but Record-Breaker Pardeep's 7 points, including the dying minutes raid that helped Yoddhas seal the win. In defence, Ashu Singh scored the most - 4 points, while Nitesh Kumar and Sumit registered 2 tackle points each.

For the Panthers, Arjun Deshwal's raiding performance of 8 points went in vain. The support raiders Bhavani Rajput and V Ajith Kumar also scored 4 points each. In the defence, Abhishek KS and Ankush registered 4 and 3 tackle points respectively.

PKL 2022 Points Table | Results | Fixtures

Raiders Rohit Tomar and Surender Gill chipped in with points as UP Yoddhas took in the lead at 6-4. However, Arjun Deshwal pulled off a couple of brilliant raids and helped Jaipur Pink Panthers gain the lead at 8-6 in the 12th minute.

Soon after, Jaipur inflicted an ALL OUT and took a massive lead at 12-7. Surender Gill chipped in with a couple of raids, but the Pink Panthers led at 15-12 at the end of the first half.

The UP Yoddhas levelled the scores at 15-15 through a stupendous raid by Surender Gill and a great tackle by Sumit at the beginning of the second half.

Moments later, Nitesh Kumar tackled Devank to help the Yoddhas inflict an ALL OUT and take the lead at 18-16. Star raider Pardeep Narwal also stepped up his game as the Yoddhas further extended their lead at 21-16 in the 27th minute.

V Ajith Kumar single-handedly got the Pink Panthers back in the match with a SUPER RAID, but soon after, Narwal's heroics propelled the UP team to a five-point lead at 25-20.

Bhavani Rajput effected a SUPER RAID in the 32nd minute and kept the Panthers in the game. However, the Yoddhas managed to hold on to their lead at 28-24 in the 36th minute even though they had only two players on the mat. But, moments later, the Jaipur Pink Panthers inflicted an ALL OUT to catch up with the Yoddhas.

The Panthers and the Yoddhas fought toe-to-toe in the last couple of minutes of the match, but raiders Surender Gill and Pardeep Narwal helped the UP side emerge victorious in the end.

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Story first published: Friday, October 7, 2022, 23:23 [IST]
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