Pro Kabaddi League – Season 5 – ELIMINATOR 1 – PUNERI PALTAN VS UP YODDHA
Eliminator 1 of Pro Kabaddi League season 5, held on Oct 23, saw the Puneri Paltan play against UP Yoddha.
Paltan vs Yoddha – a gripping first half
Yoddha won the toss and chose their side on mat in the playoffs stage. Rajesh started the proceedings of the game with an unsuccessful raid, followed by Tomar’s successful raid. Yoddha raced to 5-0 lead in the initial 3 minutes, but Akshay came up with a bonus, followed by a super tackle on Tomar opened the account for Paltan in the game. Rishank’s brilliant super raid in the 5th minute handed Paltan their first all-out of the game to take 10-3 lead. Hooda’s 2 consecutive successful raid and Akshay’s super tackle once again on Tomar reduced the deficit to 6 points in the 10th minute. In the last 10 minutes of the half, Paltan started to play their defensive strength and managed to keep both Rishank and Tomar off the mat. Which helped them to inflict their first all-out on Yoddha in the 17th minute to take 17-16 lead. Both teams went to break with 18-18 points.
Paltan’s all-round display helps them to seize a thriller
As the 2nd half started, Paltan started to continue their impressive fightback from where they left in first half. Deepak Hooda went through Yoddha’s weak defence and gave an upper hand to his team. Paltan inflicted their 2nd all-out on Yoddha in the 24th minute after Hooda’s 2 point raid. Hooda and Rishank completed their super 10 in the 26th minute, while Girish and Akshay completed their high 5 in the 29th minute respectively. Paltan went into last 10 minutes of the game with a 10-point lead over Yoddha. Yoddha followed a strategy and kept Hooda off the mat and with the help of Rishank in the offence they managed to inflict their 2nd all-out on Paltan in the 35th minute to make it a 3-point game. Then both team’s lead started to oscillate after every raids, as none wanted to let the match slip from their hands. Both teams were separated by 1 point with 1 raid left in the game. Mahesh Goud went for the last raid as Rishank was sent off the mat by Girish in the 37th minute, but Sandeep with a robust block tackled him off the mat to win the game for his side by 40-38 in a thriller. Rishank top scored in the game with 15 points, on the other hand Hooda top scored for Paltan with 10 points, who was well supported by Girish and Akshay who scored 7 and 6 tackle points in the game. Paltan will now face the winner of Eliminator 2 in their next encounter to pick a spot in qualifier 2.
Here are the match scores
|TEAM||RAID POINTS||TACKLE POINTS||ALL OUT POINTS||EXTRA POINTS||BEST RAIDER||BEST DEFENDER|
|PUNERI PALTAN||18||17||4||1||DEEPAK NIVAS HOODA||GIRISH ERNAK|
|UP YODDHA||23||8||4||3||RISHANK DEVADIGA||JEEVA KUMAR|
|BEST RAIDER OF THE MATCH||RISHANK DEVADIGA|
|ZYADA KA FAYDA PLAYER OF THE MATCH||GIRISH ERNAK|
|PLAYER OF THE MATCH||DEEPAK NIVAS HOODA|
|MOMENT OF THE MATCH||SANDEEP NARWAL|
|PLAYER OF THE WINNING TEAM||GIRISH ERNAK|
PKL on Social Media
Here are some of the popular social media posts on the clash between Puneri Paltan and UP Yoddha.
Paltan tweet after qualifying for Eliminator 3
— Puneri Paltan (@PuneriPaltan) October 23, 2017
Tweet by Pro Kabaddi after match
— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 23, 2017
Yoddha tweet after the game
— UP YODDHA (@UpYoddha) October 23, 2017