UP Yoddha’s superb team work propelled it to a brilliant 33-26 win over Gujarat Fortunegiants in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Monday.
Seventh-placed Yoddha’s seventh victory in 14 matches saw it break into the top six on the points table.
The UP side relied on its balance to stay ahead in the contest, which was closely fought for most part of the 40-minute duration.
Yoddha raised its game to gather eight points, including three by making Fortunegiants all out two minutes prior to the half-time, in the last five minutes of the opening period.
Surinder Gill, Rishank Devadiga earned three points apiece and Shrikant Jadhav contributed two through raids, while Sumit and Nitesh Kumar fetched two points each through tackling to enable Yoddha take a crucial 16-9 lead at the breather.
In the eventful second half, Yoddha maintained its stranglehold to perform another all out within six minutes.
But Fortunegiants, positioned at the eighth spot, fought back dramatically. The Gujarat team banked on a super raid by Sachin – who claimed Nitesh, Sumit, Amit and Ashu Singh – to all out Yodha within the next four minutes.
Some fine tackles by captain Sunil Kumar helped Fortunegiants give Yoddha a close chase until the latter killed time in the closing moments to cling on to its narrow lead.
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