PKL 2021-22: Pardeep Narwal shines as UP Yoddha beat Puneri Paltan to clinch semi-final berth


Pawan Sherawat of Bengaluru Bulls throughout a raid towards Gujarat Giants in PKL 2021-22

Pardeep Narwal reminded everybody why he’s considered the ‘playoff king’ with an 18-point efficiency to assist UP Yoddha beat Puneri Paltan 42-31 within the first eliminator match of Professional Kabaddi League right here on Monday.

UP Yoddha’s win secured them a spot within the semifinals the place they may play league table-toppers Patna Pirates on Wednesday. UP Yoddha made an unimaginable comeback to win the essential match after trailing by eight factors within the early minutes of the primary half.

Narwal was ably supported by Yoddha’s famed nook mixture of Nitesh Kumar (3 factors) and Sumit (5 factors). Aslam Inamdar scored a Tremendous 10 for Puneri Paltan however they lacked the standard raiding energy to hassle the in-form UP defence.

Pune raced to a 5-0 lead within the preliminary minutes with the raiding duo of Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat taking management of the mat.

Mohit was additionally good within the defence, contributing in tackles from the IN positions, as Pune dominated the proceedings. He helped Paltan inflict the primary ALL OUT of the match within the seventh minute with a 4-point raid. That gave Pune an eight-point benefit, however Yoddha instantly staged a comeback with Surender Gill main the best way.


The star raider picked up three fast factors whereas the defence tightened to assist Yoddha clinch an ALL OUT within the thirteenth minute. That levelled the scores at 10-10. Narwal then utterly modified the complexion of the sport with a shocking five-point Tremendous Raid. UP Yoddha took a lead for the primary time within the match and Pune couldn’t cease one other ALL OUT within the closing minute earlier than the interval regardless of a Tremendous Sort out by substitute Hadi Tajik.

The Iranian picked up a yellow card within the course of (two-minute penalty) and Pune needed to play with a person drawback. Nonetheless, the ALL OUT wasn’t the final motion within the first half with Narwal selecting a three-point Tremendous Raid to provide Yoddha an eight-point lead (25-17). The report breaker clinched his Tremendous 10 within the course of.

Narwal picked one other three-point Tremendous Raid as Yoddha raced to an enormous lead. Nitesh Kumar and Sumit additionally contributed from the defence as they secured one other ALL OUT within the sixth minute after the restart to make the scores 33-21.

The Pune defence, particularly their proper nook Sombir, continued to wrestle towards Narwal’s fast toes on the mat. Pune’s Aslam Inamdar picked up a Tremendous 10 however he was relying totally on Bonus Factors.

Pune’s coach was calmness personified within the stands and launched Akash Shinde to bolster the raiding division. He picked up 5 essential factors however UP continued to dominate with their defenders wanting sharp. With 5 minutes remaining, Yoddha had a nine-point lead.

Sumit picked his Excessive 5 with 4 minutes remaining as Yoddha regarded in full management of the match. Narwal and Surender Gill took turns to decelerate the velocity of the raids within the closing minutes as Pune conceded defeat. 

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