PKL 2018: Patna Pirates holds Bengaluru Bulls to a thrilling tie

Bengaluru Bulls and Patna Pirates played out an entertaining 40-40 tie as captains Pardeep Narwal and Rohit Kumar starred for their sides.

Patna Pirates' Pardeep Narwal in action against Bengaluru Bulls.   -  PKL

Patna Pirates scored three points in less than 20 seconds to pull off a 40-40 tie against Bengaluru Bulls in a thrilling Pro Kabaddi League match at Panchkula on Wednesday.

Vikas Jaglan was the hero for Patna as he got one tackle and two raid points to save the Pirates from a certain defeat. Pardeep Narwal was the top scorer for Patna Pirates with 17 points. For Bengaluru Bulls, Rohit Kumar scored 16 points while Mahender got a high five in defence.

Patna Pirates is still in contention of a place in the playoffs while Bengaluru Bulls has already qualified. Both teams got a couple of raid points in the first two minutes to be level at 2-2. Pardeep and Pawan Sehrawat picked up a few more raid points for their teams with Patna leading 5-4 after five minutes.

It did look like Patna Pirates would steal a lead as Pardeep made a two-point raid in the sixth minute to led 8-5. A super tackle in the seventh minute turned the tide completely in Bengaluru Bulls’ favour.

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Rohit made a successful raid in the 16th minute as Bengluru Bulls inflicted an all out to lead 17-11. Patna Pirates failed to score a single point for nine minutes and paid the price for it as it went into the break trailing 11-20.

Patna Pirates began the second half strongly as by inflicting an all out in the 24th minute to level the match at 21-21. It was a solid run for Pirates as it scored 10 points in four minutes to wipe out Bengaluru’s lead.

Patna came back strongly in the second half to level the scores at 21-21.   -  PKL

 

Pardeep made a brilliant super raid in the 26th minute to give Patna Pirates 26-22 lead.

Rohit tried to wake up Bengaluru from its slumber as he made a two-point raid in the 29th minute to trail 25-27. The Bengaluru skipper yet again got a super raid as Bengaluru Bulls led 32-30 in the 33rd minute by escaping an all out on two occasions. Patna Pirates inflicted an all out in the 35th minute to lead 35-34.

With less than three minutes to go, Bengaluru Bulls sent Pardeep to the bench in the 39th minute as looked to close out the match. There was last-minute drama as Vikas Janglan got a touch, bonus and raid point to secure a tie for Patna Pirates.

In the second match of the day, Jaipur Pink Panthers lost 33-31 to Gujarat Fortunegiants in a closely contested match. Gujarat, having qualified for the playoffs remains second the Zone A standings, while Jaipur maintained its fifth position in the table despite the defeat.