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PKL 10: UP Yoddhas aim to end the Delhi leg with a win


PKL 10: UP Yoddhas aim to end the Delhi leg with a win

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) UP Yoddhas aim for their back-to-back win to conclude the Delhi Leg when they take on Tamil Thalaivas in match 108 of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 10 at Thyagaraj Indoor on Tuesday Stadium.

The Yoddhas, the franchise owned by the GMR Group, made a remarkable comeback in their previous game, posting a huge 39-23 win against U Mumba on Saturday. On the other hand, Tamil Thalaivas went down 30-42 against Gujarat Giants in their previous match.

The Yoddhas are currently 11th in the league standings with 28 points and a point difference of -47, while the Thalaivas are just one place above them in the table with 40 points and a point difference of score of 17. Statistically, both teams have met on 14 occasions in the history of PKL, with the Yoddhas winning five times, while three matches ended in draws.

Speaking before the match, UP Yoddhas head coach Jasvir Singh said, “Winning our previous match has boosted the confidence of the team significantly. All our players are charged and ready to give their best of course in the final stage of this tournament. A simple goal ahead: to win all our remaining games and secure our place in the playoffs. I would like to express my gratitude to our management and our loyal fans for maintain constant trust in us and support us in difficult times.”

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Young raiders like Gagana Gowda (37 raid points) and Anil Kumar (22 raid points) have stepped up to fill the absence of ace raider Surender Gill, who was injured in the early phase of the season, providing cover and support ast raider and captain Pardeep Narwal. Also known as the Dubki King, Pardeep Narwal is in the top 10 lists for most raid points and most successful raids in the tournament, amassing 122 raid points from 99 successful raids.

Left-Corner Sumit has been the standout for the Yoddhas’ defense as he has racked up 58 tackle points so far and is in the top 5 for most tackle points in the tournament. Along with him, right corner Nitesh Kumar and cover Gurdeep have performed well throughout, racking up 32 and 25 tackle points respectively.

For the Thalaivas, the raiding duo of Narender and Ajinkya Pawar have been in tune as both raiders feature in the top 10 raid points list of the tournament, collecting 141 and 120 raid points respectively. Their star defender Sagar, who currently tops the list of most tackle points in the tournament with 61 tackle points, will lead the Thalaivas defense in the upcoming match.

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