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A fighting win for Thalaivas

Tag, you’re it:Yoddha’s Rishank Devadiga during a successful raid against Thalaivas on Wednesday.Special Arrangement

Tag, you’re it:Yoddha’s Rishank Devadiga during a successful raid against Thalaivas on Wednesday.Special Arrangement  

Tamil Thalaivas overcame a horrendous beginning to turn the tables on UP Yoddha and earn its fourth win in 10 games with a narrow 34-33 victory on Wednesday.

The result, however, did little to lift the struggling Thalaivas who continue to languish at the bottom of the table in Zone B. UP, though, managed to move up a spot to second place.

Captain Ajay Thakur and impressive young raider K. Prapanjan led the Thalaivas’ charge. UP raced to a 9-1 lead inside the first three minutes. The half time score was 18-12 in UP’s favour.

The huge lead early on helped UP stay marginally ahead till the 35th minute, when the Thalaivas managed to earn a second all-out to go ahead 29-28 for the first time in the game.

Thakur proved his class with with a three-pointer in the final minute of play to put his team ahead by two points. Thalaivas held on to eke out victory.

The results: Tamil Thalaivas 34 (Ajay Thakur 8, K. Prapanjan 8, Amit Hooda 4) bt UP Yoddha 33 (Nitin Tomar 14, Rishank Devadiga 8, Nitesh Kumar 5); Puneri Paltan 38 (Deepak Hooda 13, Sandeep Narwal 8) bt Haryana Steelers 22 (Deepak Kumar Dahiya 11).

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