Pro Kabaddi: Patna Pirates keep their unbeaten run intact; overcome Bengal Warriors 32-27
Patna: Leaders Patna Pirates managed to overcome their neighbour Bengal Warriors 32-27 to maintain their unbeaten record in the Season 3 Star Sports Pro Kabaddi in the opener at the Patliputra Sports Complex. The match appeared to be tipping the winners’ manner in the first half when they made up for the early deficit to lead 17-11 at half-time.
After a tense five minutes initially in the 2nd half, Bengal Warriors were well paced at 22-15 but a blunder by their safe bet Pardeep Narwal, who sent the crowd into raptures with a superb raid, actually brought their competitors back in the match. Bengal Warriors managed to come close to 24-25 when Rohit Kumar back from the achievement in the South Asian Games swung the match using a two-point raid. The hosts managed to hold their hearts to rake out a triumph.
Both teams were a bit reluctant to attack although Manpreet Singh and Jang-Kun Lee started in the first two raids of the match on a positive note scoring a point. It was quite tight till the 11th minute with Patna Pirates simply managing to creep to 8-7. Although Bengal Warriors Shrikant Jadhav beginning for the very first time impressed with his exact raids but Jang Kun Lee an intelligent raider made the cardinal error of letting himself concede a superb fishing gear to the Iranian Hadi Oshtorak who was always a menace at the left corner. Hadi was to end with 4 tackle points than rival Girish Ernak for the match.
Patna Pirates pushed the all out in the 15th minute with that Pardeep Narwal’s superb raid when he had Girish Ernak, Shrikant Jadhav and the totally off colour Mahesh Goud plus both points for the all-out. Till then Pardeep Narwal was surprisingly scoreless.
After Patna Pirates made life tough for themselves but managed to wriggle out with some timely advice from the leader Manpreet Singh. He chipped in with two bonus points which Rohit assembled a couple by the rivals after an unsuccessful review Patna Pirates breathed a bit simple.
However, the danger wasn’t entirely averted as second-string Umesh Mhatre, and the never say die Shrikant Jadhav kept on trying. In hindsight both points, he granted, for losing the chant and one when he stepped out, one did the opportunities for his team to damage.
A few factors that proved to be the Bengal Warriors undoing was the inability of Nilesh Shinde their reliable defender to ensnare one casualty. Pardeep Narwal, which must have shattered the veteran campaigner’s self-assurance even, kicked the otherwise alert Nilesh.
Rohit Kumar was the top scorer in the match with eight points that contained two points that are tackle. Shrikant Jadhav finished with seven, all raid points.