PKL 2021, Bengaluru: The new-look UP Yoddha with the raiding machine leading fails to uncover their potential as Bengal Warriors takes a 38-33 win.
The Warriors from Bengal outraided the Yoddha’s 23-18 and that was the winning margin. Having Pardeep Narwal and still getting beaten in the raiding department is something to look at. But hey, it’s the first game.
The most expensive player, however, led UP with eight points and followed by Surender Gill’s five points. Esmaeil Nabibakhsh for Bengal secured a super-10 and Sukesh Hegde was just two points short of his super-10 too.
First-half: Nothing to separate the two.
Bengal jumped out to an early lead Pardeep was struggling and an all-out was enforced. It was now UP’s turn to strike and they struck nicely. Giving back the all-out and cutting back the deficit to just two points with five minutes to go in the first half.
The game restarted in a similar fashion after the Bengal all-out. UP tied the game 18-18, closing the half. It was a tight game and to be fair it was even as well.
Both teams playing balanced Kabbadi. What is positive for UP and especially Pardeep is that the defense is strong and it is what Pardeep needs going ahead.
PKL 2021, second-half: Warriors starts strong.
A repeat of the start of the first half, as Bengal, creates a cushion. They curate of a lead of up to 9 points which makes them feel comfortable.
Pardeep Narwal was not getting the type of raids everyone was hoping for. A smart strategy from Bengal to take as much time in the raids as they can which benefitted them at the last when UP were desperate to turn things around but with no time on the clocks.
UP Yoddha’s defense were led by Nitesh Kumar and Ashu Kumar both having three points each. Darshan and Esmaeil Nabibakhsh both had three points leading the defense.
A fun and the exciting first night ends with this clash. So much to come and so many twists to see.