Kolkata (Uttam Hindu News): UP Yoddha will aim to end the Kolkata leg of Pro Kabaddi League Season 10 with a win in the reverse match against table toppers Jaipur Pink Panthers in Match 117 to be played at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Monday.
When the two teams faced off early in the season, the Warriors lost 24–41 against the Panthers. GMR Group-owned franchise UP Yoddha is 11th on the table with 29 points and a score difference of -70 after losing 34-50 against Haryana Steelers in their last match. On the other hand, Jaipur Pink Panther defeated Dabang Delhi KC. Won against 27-22. in their last match and are currently on top of the table with 77 points and a score difference of 80.
Yoddha and Panthers have faced each other on 10 occasions in all seasons of the PKL. The rivalry has been very close and both the teams have won on five occasions.
Before the match, UP Yoddha head coach Jasvir Singh said, “We want to give our best in all our remaining matches. Our young players are making remarkable use of the opportunities that come their way. We are grateful to our fans who have supported us throughout the season and we will aim to finish our last few matches with a win. The Warriors have been missing the services of their star players in the last few matches. However, young raiders like Gagan Gowda, Anil Kumar and Mahipal have stepped into the shoes of their seniors and scored 57, 24 and 19 runs.”
In defence, Sumit was on top of his game throughout the season, scoring 59 tackle points and breaking into the top 10 list of most tackle points in the tournament. Along with him, corner Nitish Kumar and cover Gurdeep have supported him fully and scored 37 and 29 tackle points.
For the Panthers, their star raider Arjun Deshwal will lead the attack in the upcoming match. With 213 raid points in 164 successful raids, he is currently second in the list of most raid points and most successful raids in the league. Their defense will be led by Ankush (62 tackle points) and he will be well supported by Iranian defender Reza Mirbagheri (50 tackle points).