PKL 2019: U.P. Yoddha wraps up home leg with win over Bengaluru, Delhi go top after U Mumba tie

Pawan Sehrawat looked out of form as U.P. Yoddha came from behind to beat Bengaluru Bulls 45-33 in the final group match on Friday in Greater Noida.

Star raider Pawan Sehrawat was tackled successfully eight times by the U.P. Yoddha defence.   -  PKL 2019

UP Yoddha wrapped up its home leg in style, beating Bengaluru Bulls 45-33 while Dabang Delhi K.C. went topped the table after playing out a tense 37-37 tie with U Mumba.

The host trailed in the first half but came back strong with Shrikant Jadhav and Surender Gill scoring nine raid points each.

Local boy, Ashu Singh was the standout defender for the team with five tackle points in the match. Pawan Sehrawat, the star raider of the Bulls scored a Super Raid where he got rid of Sumit, Rishank Devadiga, Surender Gill and Ashu singh in one go.

The score stood at 6-1 in favour of Bulls. Soon after, Bengaluru inflicted the first all out on U.P. to go ahead 9-2 with just four minutes into the half. Trailing 4-14, the hosts scored a Super Raid through Surender Gill to reduce the deficit to 9-14.

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Yoddha then inflicted the first all-out on Bengaluru to reduce the gap 14-17, firmly within the range of Bulls, who went into half-time leading 22-20. Yoddha took the lead for the first time in the match after inflicting the second all-out on Bulls. The home team's defence got better as it tackled with purpose allowing the opponents no breathing space.

With the half coming inching towards the end, Rishank looked in inspiring form as he scored two important raid points helping his team establish a three point cushion at 34-31 going into the official time-out. It seemed like the final nail in the coffin as with less than two minutes to go in the match Yoddha inflicted the third all-out to lead 42-32 and eventually sealed the win.

In the first match of the day, Dabang Delhi K.C dominated the first half and led by 24-13. However, U Mumba clawed back through raids from Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal to level scores at 33-33.

Delhi's star raider Naveen Kumar broke Pardeep Narwal's record for the most Super-10s in a single PKL season when he got the better of Arjun Deshwal for claim his 20th consecutive Super-10 of this season. With few seconds left on the clock, U Mumba's Abhishek Singh got a raid point off a failed tackle from Ravinder Pahal to end the match in a 37-37 tie.

U Mumba will next face Haryana Steelers in Eliminator 1, while Bengaluru Bulls will face U.P. Yoddha in Eliminator 2 on October 14 in Ahmedabad. Winners of the Eliminator 1 and 2 will face Dabang Delhi K.C and Bengal Warriors respectively on October 16, with the final set to played on October 19 at Ahmedabad.

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