PKL: Patna signs off on a high with big victory
Pardeep Narwal was at his scintillating best for Patna Pirates as his 36-point performance helped the three-time champion thrash semi-final-bound Bengal Warriors 69-41 in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi 2019.
Bengal, which rested several of its regulars, started on the front foot. Rakesh Narwal and Mohammad Taghi were impressive in their raids as Pirates was reduced to just two men on the mat in the 10th minute. But that was when its revival began. Vikas Jaglan and Neeraj Kumar came up with a ‘Super Tackle’ each, reviving Pardeep.
The young sensation racked up points at will, inflicting the first all-out on Warriors in the 14th minute. As a result of the clean sweep, PP opened up a nine-point lead. Pardeep picked up his ‘Super 10’ in the dying moments of the first half as the opening period ended 27-17 in favour of Patna.
Pirates clinched the second all-out in the very first move of the final half. Bengal dominated for a brief period, but couldn’t get the all-out, thanks to ‘Super Tackles’ from raiders Pardeep and Mohammad Maghsoudlou. Warriors eventually got it with four minutes left on the clock, with the bulk of the damage already done.
Pardeep then came up with a massive six-point ‘Super Raid’ to inspire Patna to another all-out. He equalled his previous record of six points in a single raid, a feat he had achieved against Haryana Steelers in PKL 5. The World Cup winner continued to shine as Pirates enforced another all-out on Warriors at the fag end.
UP defeats Puneri
UP Yoddha made it two home victories on the trot as it got the better of Puneri Paltan by a scoreline of 43-39 in the second fixture. The experienced Rishank Devadiga (7 points) and skipper Nitesh Kumar (6 points) were the major contributors for the winning side. Manjeet and Nitin Tomar scored eight points each for Paltan, which has had a disappointing campaign.