PKL 2018: UP Yoddha edges Haryana Steelers; Dabang Delhi beats Tamil Thalaivas

Dabang Delhi's victory means Haryana Steelers is out of contention for the playoffs.

Shrikant Jadhav (second from left) escapes a tackle and wins a raid point for UP Yoddha against Haryana Steelers.   -  www.prokabaddi.com

UP Yoddha produced a superb all-round display to eke out a thrilling 30-29 win over Haryana Steelers in an Inter Zone Challenge match of the ProKabaddi Season 6 here Thursday.

Shrikant Jadhav and Prahsant Rai scored eight points each to lead Yoddha to victory at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here.

Monu Goyat scored 11 points, while Vikas Khandola contributed seven but it wasn’t enough as Haryana Steelers failed to qualify for the playoffs.

As it happened

Haryana Steelers made a strong start and led for the majority of the first half. But Shrikant got three points for UP Yoddha with a super raid as UP Yoddha trailed 5-7.

A super raid by Vikas helped Haryana to double its lead at 12-6 before it went into half-time with a 15-12 advantage.

Monu kept Haryana ahead at 19-18 with another super raid before Prasanth Kumar Rai equalised at 21-21. Soon UP had a 28-26 lead with just three minutes remaining in the match.

In the end, Naveen failed to win a raid point as UP Yoddha completed a come-from-behind win.

Dabang Delhi beats Tamil Thalaivas

In the second match of the evening, Dabang Delhi beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-33. The home team inflicted two all-outs and led 27-17 at one stage. Led by Ajay Thakur's raids and a resurgent defensive display in the second half, Tamil Thalaivas kept itself in the contest by winning 12 of the next 18 points including an all-out. Dabang Delhi, though, held its nerve to register a four-point victory.