PKL: Pirates inflict damage on wounded Dabang

Deepak Narwal’s brilliant display helped Patna Pirates score a runaway 47-34 win over Dabang Delhi on Friday to go unbeaten for its seventh consecutive match in this season of the Pro Kabaddi League.

With this result, Dabang remained at the bottom after suffering its seventh defeat in seven ties.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar (File photo)

Deepak Narwal’s brilliant display helped Patna Pirates score a runaway 47-34 win over Dabang Delhi on Friday to go unbeaten for its seventh consecutive match in this season of the Pro Kabaddi League.

Narwal’s 15 points (two tackle points and 13 from raids) set up the Pirates’ victory, which saw them surge to the table top with 35 points, after their sixth victory in seven games.

Dabang remained at the bottom after suffering its seventh defeat in seven ties.

Raiders

Delhi took out four rival players to gain an edge in the proceedings. Both teams averted all-outs from the very brink, pulling back via successful raids.

In keeping with their status as the only unbeaten side in the event, the Pirates went on to get an all-out to open up a four-point lead.

The lead swelled to six points by half-time.

Selvamani (four raid points), Gnansekharan and captain Surjit Singh (two raid points) tried to force the pace for Dabang. Pardeep Narwal and Deepak Narwal darted past rival defenders to score six raid points each.

Dabang’s woes were compounded as coach Balwan Singh was shown a yellow card and given a two-minute suspension for substituting a player without intimation.

On the mat, his team struggled to contain the Pirates and were wiped out for the second time in the contest.

Pirates did suffer an all-out, perhaps due to a loss of concentration, but were too far ahead at 46-29 to worry about the getting hurt by Dabang’s show of defiance.

Other results

In the other fixture here, a spirited Puneri Paltans were tied 32-32 with Jaipur Pink Panthers, the second consecutive draw for the home team. Manjeet Chillar could not be kept out of action, winning six points from raids and seven from tackles to contribute a major share of 13 points. Sonu Narwal and Rajesh Narwal (nine points each) were effective in the raid zone for JPP.

Puneri were in deep trouble at 10-20 down but clawed its way back to draw level at 25-all first and then 27-all against a jittery Jaipur. Coach K Bhaskaran called for a time-out at 31-31 to calm the nerves in the visitor’s line-up.

Ajay Thakur (11 poins) put on a masterclass in the first half, teaming up with Manjeet, who got a green card. Prashant Chavan got a yellow card. After six matches each, JPP is in fifth place with 14 points while PP is one place further with 13 points.

The result: Patna Pirates 47 (Pardeep Narwal 11, Deepak Narwal 15) bt Dabang Delhi 34 (Surjeet Singh 10, Selvamani 5, Gnansekharan 3).