PKL 2019: UP Yoddha registers second tie of season, Haryana Steelers cruises to win over Patna Pirates

Ajay Thakur scored in the crucial buzzer raid to help Tamil Thalaivas tie the match.

Ajay Thakur (in blue) picked up a touch point on the buzzer raid.   -  The Hindu

U.P. Yoddha was involved in its second tie of the season after a thrilling end to its game against Tamil Thalaivas.

It was a see-saw encounter that ended in a 28-28 tie at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday. Ajay ‘Iceman’ Thakur lived up to his name and scored in the crucial buzzer raid to help his side tie the match.

The contest began with Tamil Thalaivas getting on the scoreboard first, but U.P. Yoddha didn’t have to wait for too long for its opening point either. Both teams looked to stay within touching distance of each other and were tied at 3-3 after the first five minutes. U.P. Yoddha’s defence also held firm and ensured that it kept its five-point lead intact as it went into the break with a 16-11 lead.

Yoddha vs Thalaivas; Steelers vs Pirates: as it happened

Successive Super Tackles, in fact, opened up a 23-17 lead for U.P. Yoddha at one stage. In the end, neither team could emerge victorious after Thakur picked up a touch point on the buzzer raid as both teams shared the spoils.

-Steelers registers comfortable win-

In the second match of the evening, Haryana Steelers secured a 35-26 victory over Patna Pirates, with Vikash Kandola emerging as the top-scorer for the winning team with 11 points. Pardeep Narwal's tally of 14 points wasn't enough to inspire Patna, which played catch-up throughout the match. Steelers' all-round game ultimately proved too much for Patna, which won just six tackle points even as the two teams had a similar number of raid points (Steelers' 19 edging out Patna's 18).

In the first half, the defense came alive and shouldered the responsibility with the attack to inflict an early all-out on the hosts.  Kandola, along with Cheralathan, carried the Steelers to an eight-point lead at the end of the first half. The fag end of the first half also saw Pardeep Narwal come to life, with him scoring four raid points in the last 90 seconds.

The second half was about one man, Pardeep Narwal. After all the build-up, he finally became the first man to reach 900 career raid points and soon after, he brought up his second Super10 of the season. Amidst all the euphoria in the stadium, Haryana continued to keep the scoreboard ticking. Ravi Kumar and Vinay ably supported Kandola and helped him get to his Super10. 

Jang Kun Lee scored points late in the second half, but with defensive errors coming back to haunt the Pirates constantly, it was never going to be enough.

Top Performers: U. P. Yoddha – Best Raider – Rishank Devadiga (5 Raid Points) Best Defender – Sumit (4 Tackle Points) Tamil Thalaivas– Best Raider – Shabeer Bappu (5 Raid Points) Best Defender – Manjeet Chhillar (4 Tackle Points)