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Haryana Steelers vs U.P. Yoddha, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

Confident Yodha take on struggling Steelers.

  • UP Yodha were bullish as they beat the strong Begaluru Bulls in their last match.
  • Haryana Steelers were completely out of sorts as they lost to the rampaging Tamil Thalaivas.
  • Both teams have 20 points each after 8 games.

UP Yodha will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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UP Yodha will be high on confidence as they take on the Haryana Steelers. Back from an epic victory over the Bengaluru Bulls, the Yodha will be hoping that there will be no looking back from here. They are placed 7th after playing 8 games and have collected 20 points.

Haryana Steelers had a forgetful day against the Tamil Thalaivas as they barely took hold of the match. They were all out twice in the first 10 minutes of the game and could never recover. Now they find themselves at the 8th spot behind UP Yodha and have a score difference of -30.

Shrikant Jadhav was the hero for the Yodha in the match against the Bulls as he scored 15 points while Pardeep could not even open his account. This is a new template for the UP Yodha as they now know how to survive without Pardeep.

Steelers have been quite inconsistent as they are unbeatable on some days and look pedestrian on others. Yodha's have a good opportunity to secure a win and move up the ladder.

Haryana Steelers Preview

One would feel sorry for a team that is immensely talented and has the best defence among all the teams. Still the Haryana Steelers are placed 8th in the points table and will take on the UP Yodha. The major issue with the Steelers is that they are not able to recover if the opposition launches an onslaught on them. They are not able to vary the pace of the game and win from losing positions.

This is what happened against the Thalaivas when they were all out twice in the first half itself. Unforced errors, unsuccessful advanced tackles and the fall in moral was quick.

Steelers have won 3 matches out of their 8 games and have TIED 1 match. Jaideep and Surender Nada are the best defenders in the business and still the Steelers leaked points in the last match.

Raider Vikash Kandola has earned 60 points from 50 successful raids while Meetu and Rohit Gulia have given good support. But Steelers need to realize that they will not have many easy matches now if they dream of making it to the play-off. Against the UP Yodha they will have to be more careful about other raiders rather than Pardeep Narwal.

They have conceded 13 all outs and that has not allowed them to win matches. Their successful tackle percentage went down heavily in the last 2 games.

There is no doubt that they can make a comeback but that will be possible only if they stick together and contribute together. They are the “Musketeers” of the season and have their task cut out.

U.P. Yoddha Preview

Yodha’s are also a prime example of “blow hot blow cold”, but after losing 2 back to back games the UP Yodha’s made a smashing comeback when they beat the Bengaluru Bulls. Surprisingly Pardeep Narwal didn't score a single point in that game and the Yodha defence got the better of Hi Flyer Pawan Sehrawat.

This has been the most inspiring performance by them and it will be a different Yodha side on the mat henceforth.

The biggest turnaround for them was initiating plan B if Pardeep did not fire. Unfortunately Pardeep could earn only 53 raid points from 8 games and this put the UP Yodha side under pressure. But Surender Gill has taken over the responsibilities along with Shrikant Jadhav. All rounders Gurdeep and Mohammed Taghi performed exceedingly well in the last match along with defenders Sumit, Ashu, Nitesh Kumar and let cover Shubham Kumar.

Their defence has executed 73 successful tackles while earning 86 tackle points.

7 all outs conceded, 7 all outs inflicted.

They have been a bit inconsistent over the last few matches but the victory over the Bulls will certainly act as a tonic for them. And if Pardeep Narwal roars back into action, the opposition will crumble in no time.

UP Yodha also have a very low score difference even though they have won only 2 games and tied another 2.

Considering the performances of both teams in their last match, it is advantage UP Yodha. Beating the Bengaluru Bulls without much of contribution from Pardeep Narwal is something out of the world. This just goes to show that all the other components of the team are performing well and their adaptability is very high.

Haryana Steelers lost their last match very badly and it will take some time for them to recover. Vikash Kandola is working overtime but defenders Jaideep and Surender Nada cannot repeat their mistakes in this encounter. Counter Pardeep Narwal will be a challenge but securing points from raids is the priority for the Steelers.

UP Yodha will win.


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Author: Pankaj Khiladino