The third eliminator, precisely Eliminator 3, saw UP Yoddha dominate Dabang Delhi K.C. to eventually push them out of the tournament. A 45-33 scoreline led to Delhi's end of the season wherein they made their first appearance in the Playoffs only to bow out with two games to go. With this result, Yoddha will now play Gujarat Fortunegiants in Qualifier 2 in a bid to make it to the final (wherein Bengaluru Bulls have already cemented their place).
Yoddhas' star raider Prashant Kumar Rai accumulated 13 raid points. He was the star of the evening and got ample support from skipper Rishank Devadiga. Rishank chipped in with eight raid points to assist his side to victory in a do-or-die contest.
For Dabang Delhi, it was a disappointing outing. Their defence couldn't muster enough points. Naveen Kumar top scored for them (10 points) but couldn't save his team from crashing out of the competition. He lacked support from other end.
Yoddha led 11-1 after three minutes and it looked like Delhi won't recover from the early onslaught. Chandran Ranjit made a two-point raid in the seventh minute as Delhi trailed 6-13 but Yoddha enjoyed the upper hand throughtout. After 10 minutes, they stretched the lead to 17-8. In the 14th minute Yoddha further asserted their supremacy as they inflicted another all out to lead 25-10. At the end of the first-half, Yoddha led 27-13 and it looked like game over for their opponents.
Delhi tried to make a comeback in the second-half and inflicted an all out in the 24th minute to trail 21-31. But Prashant extinguished all their hopes of a comeback with a super raid in the 27th minute as UP Yoddha led 36-22. Another all out was inflicted in the second half as Yoddha were in complete command of the encounter.
Naveen's efforts should be credited. He attained a Super 10 for his side in the dying moments of the clash. But, to his dismay, the writing was on the wall for his side, Delhi, and they crashed out of the tournament after some successful results.
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