PKL: Maninder powers Warriors' come from behind win

Bengal's fifth win helped it leapfrog UP Yoddha to take the top spot with 32 points from nine matches.

Bengal Warriors players try to trap Patna Pirates skipper Pardeep Narwal.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Maninder Singh's outstanding raids aided Bengal Warriors to make a stunning come from behind 41-38 win over Patna Pirates in a Zone B match of the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

Bengal's fifth win helped it leapfrog UP Yoddha to take the top spot with 32 points from nine matches.

After its second defeat, Patna slipped to third with 27 points.

MATCHCENTRE

Patna benefited from its captain Pardeep Narwal's fine raids to gain a 7-2 lead by the sixth minute.

Bengal rode on Bhupender Singh and Vinod Kumar's successful raids and its defenders' good work to make a fantastic turnaround and secure a 10-7 lead with eight minutes left in the first period.

Bengal lost its hard-earned advantage quickly when Maninder was snared by the alert Patna defenders.

A robust and sharp Monu Goyat shone with his all-round skills to gather four valuable points, including a spectacular tackle on Vinod, to boost Patna, which effected an all-out on Bengal with about two minutes to spare and went into the breather with an 18-14 lead.

Narwal continued to dominate in the second half, collecting 11 raid points, and his team mates complemented with solid tackles to make Bengal all out again in the 34th minute.

Nevertheless, Bengal bounced back because of Maninder's incisive raids and the defenders' wholehearted effort, making Patna all out once. The host regained the lead with two minutes to go and managed to snatch a win.

The result:-

Bengal Warriors 41 (Maninder Singh 13, Jan Kun Lee 6, Vinod Kumar 5) beat Patna Pirates 38 (Pardeep Narwal 11, Monu Goyat 5).