PKL: Warriors's all-round show downs Yoddha

Maninder Singh, Jang Kun Lee and all-rounder Vinod Kumar powered Bengal Warriors to a facile 40-20 win.

Bengal Warriors raider Jang Kun Lee escapes a U.P. Yoddha tackle.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

An all-round show from Bengal Warriors relegated U.P. Yoddha to its first defeat in three ProKabaddi League encounters, at the Mankapur Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.

The packed house thoroughly appreciated the efforts of Maninder Singh (six points), Jang Kun Lee (seven points) and all-rounder Vinod Kumar (eight points), which powered Bengal to a facile 40-20 win. This is Bengal's second
triumph in as many matches.

Down 6-13, Yoddha suffered a blow when attacker Mahesh Goud was taken down by a ferocious spear. This was followed by a successful Bengal raid, executed by Maninder. A few minutes later, Yoddha fell to an ‘all-out’, which left the side facing a big 6-21 deficit. A dominant Bengal outfit ensured that its rival found no way back.

South Korean import Lee — a massive crowd favourite — impressed with a couple of terrific back-heel flick touches. Lee, who recorded eight points in his previous outing, has time and again proved that he has taken to this Indian indigenous sport like a duck to water. “During the off-season, I train with the South Korean national team, back in Busan. This helps me prepare for the PKL," Lee said.

Yoddha let themselves down with some poor tackling. The antis erred by grabbing the opponent's calf and knee, instead of taking the more reliable ankle-lock route. It did not help that its star player Nitin Tomar sat out due to an ankle injury.


Bengal Warriors 40 (Vinod Kumar 8, Jang Kun Lee 7, Maninder Singh 6) beat U.P. Yoddha 20 (Surender Singh 5). (MATCHCENTRE)

Patna Pirates 46 (Pardeep Narwal 15, Vinod Kumar 7) beat Bengaluru Bulls 32 (Rohit Kumar 8). (MATCHCENTRE)

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