Some excellent game awareness from Surender Gill in the dying moments ensured U.P. Yoddha clinch a narrow one-point victory and register their first win of Pro Kabaddi Season 8.
With the game interestingly poised at 35-34 in favour of U.P. Yoddha with just one second left in the game, Surender Gill scored a bonus off the final raid and surrendered himself as Patna Pirates were left in anguish. Gill's heroics helped U.P. Yoddha maintain the lead and win the match 36-35.
Earlier, star raider Pardeep Narwal playing his first match against his former side started off with a bang although he was unable to score freely as Patna Pirates' defense managed to pin him down on multiple occasions. Pardeep though managed to end the match with 12 points in his kitty.
For Patna Pirates, Iranian Mohammadreza Chiyaneh (7) was the star of the day as he scored his first High 5 in Pro Kabaddi. He was ably supported by Sachin Tanwar (10) and Prashanth Rai (8) who helped resurrect Patna Pirates' after a shaky first half.
This is how the match unfolded
Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 40': U.P. Yoddha win 36-35!
What a finish! As expected the match proved to be a cliffhanger with all the excitement of a perfect kabaddi match.
Despite Pardeep Narwal not being at his fluent best, U.P. Yoddha's managed to hold their nerve and clinch the match in the dying moments.
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Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 40': Surender Gill does it for U.P. Yoddha!
Excellent game awareness by Surender Gill! With U.P. Yoddha's leading by one he went for the bonus and surrendered himself. In the process, U.P. Yoddha clinch the match by a solitary point. Good game awareness by the Yoddha camp, Patna Pirates though didn't see it coming.
Patna Pirates 35-36 U.P. Yoddha
Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 39': Patna Pirates narrow down the lead!
Just one point separates the two sides now. Patna are well and truly having the momentum. Can they hold their nerve and edge past the U.P. Yoddha's?
Patna Pirates 34-35 U.P. Yoddha
Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 35': U.P. Yoddha's in lead with five minutes to go!
Match turning towards the business end with crucial five minutes coming up. Will Yoddha's maintain their lead or will Patna Pirates make a last moment comeback! We are heading towards an exciting finish here...
Patna Pirates 28-32 U.P. Yoddha
Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 29': All-out for U.P. Yoddha's
U.P. Yoddha's are clawing their way back into this match! They are back in the lead as they get a crucial all-out at the right time.
Patna Pirates 26-30 U.P. Yoddha
Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 21': High 5 for Mohammadreza Chiyaneh!
What an effort from the Iranian! He has achieved the incredible feat in just his second PKL game! Remember he was the most expensive overseas player in Pro Kabaddi Season 8 auction this year!
Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 20': Patna Pirates lead by 3 at halftime!
Good comeback by Patna Pirates after a shaky start. They have managed to keep U.P. Yoddha's lead raider Pardeep Narwal quiet. It will be interesting to see how Nitesh Kumar and Co. make a comeback in the second half. Join us as we will be right back after a short break!
Patna Pirates 20-17 U.P. Yoddha
Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 18': Mohammadreza Chiyaneh! Remember the name!
Two in two for the Iranian! And it doesn't get any better for Patna Pirates. They are finding a way to make a comeback everytime after being reduced to three on the mat! Patna build on the lead.
Patna Pirates 18-16 U.P. Yoddha
Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddha 16': Sachin Tanwar take a bow!
What an effort from Sachin Tanwar! Remember he is a raider and he is showing off some superb defensive skills tonight! And it's Pardeep Narwal again who has to leave the court! Pirates add two more points to their kitty with the Super Tackle.
Patna Pirates 16-15 U.P. Yoddha