Gujarat Fortunegiants Vs UP Yoddha Qualifier 2 Highlights:
- U.P. Yoddha trounced Dabang Delhi K.C. 45-33 in Eliminator 3
- Gujarat Fortunegiants were defeated 41-29 by Bengaluru Bulls
- Qualifier 2 between Gujarat Fortunegiants and U.P. Yoddha will begin at 8:00 pm on 3rd January, Thursday
- The winner will play in the final of the Pro Kabaddi League on 5 January against Bengaluru Bulls
Gujarat Fortunegiants Vs UP Yoddha Qualifier 2 will see the two sides battle it out in for the second spot in the final of the sixth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League. The winner of the match to be played on the 3rd of January at 8:00 pm IST will take on Bengaluru Bulls in the final on Saturday at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai.
U.P. Yoddha goes into the match on the back of two scintillating victories, having won both their eliminators against two powerhouses of PKL. They defeated one of the title contenders in Mumbai in Eliminator 1 before going onto sweep past Dabang Delhi in the third eliminator.
The swashbuckling performance put up by the U.P. based franchisee against Delhi puts them as heavy favourites ahead of the all-important second qualifier. They came running out of the blocks against Delhi, putting in an impressive attacking performance to inflict an embarrassing score-line on the opposition in the first half of Eliminator 3 itself.
It took U.P. Yoddha just three minutes to inflict the first all-out of the match on Delhi, hammering Delhi 11-1 in the opening exchanges of the match. It was too big a deficit for Delhi to recover from with Yoddha going onto hammer another all-out on them to go into the second half leading 27-13.
An onslaught that ended Delhi’s hopes of making to the qualifier, one which their defence was guilty of incurring on the side kept them at bay throughout the match. They did manage to inflict an all-out in the 24th minute, but a super raid by the Yoddha dismissed an already extinguishing ray of hope, with U.P. Yoddha winning 45-33.
The last 10 minutes did help Delhi put some respectability on the score, a consolation for an otherwise weak and uninspired performance with raider Naveen Kumar getting a super 10.
Meanwhile, in the first qualifier, Gujarat Fortunegiants who were on the verge of reaching the final were thwarted in their efforts of reaching the summit clash with Bengaluru Bulls making the most of a poor performance by Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal to win 41-29.
Come the second qualifier, Gujarat will be hoping their duo of Sunil and Parvesh back at their mercurial best. The two have been the force of their title challenge this season and with 82 and 69 tackle points respectively, they are at the third and fourth spot among the leading tackle point scorers.
For U.P. Yoddha the onus will lie on their ominous raiders who have broken through teams with fluidity and ease to take the side to an 8 match winning streak. The responsibility has been shared equally by their star trio comprising of skipper Rishank (99 raid points), Shrikant Jadhav, who has 134 points, and Prashanth Kumar Rai with 139 raid points from 20 matches.
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Head To Head Record
Gujarat boasts of a 100% win record against U.P. Yoddha in the ongoing season of the marquee league. The two had met most recently in this season of the PKL itself in an Inter-Zone match where Gujarat Fortunegiants emerged victorious with a one-sided scoreline of 37-22 while the second encounter had ended in a tie.
Gujarat Fortunegiants Vs UP Yoddha Qualifier 2 Expected Line-Ups
|Gujarat Fortunegiants||Vs||U.P. Yoddha|
|Ruturaj Koravi||Right Corner||Nitesh Kumar|
|K. Prapanjan||Right In||Rishank Devadiga ©|
|Sunil Kumar ©||Right Cover||Narender|
|Parvesh Bhainswal||Left Cover||Jeeva Kumar|
|Rohit Gulia||Left In||Prashanth Kumar Rai|
|Hadi Oshtorak||Left Corner||Sachin Kumar|