Bengal Warriors got the better of U Mumba 32-30, while Patna Pirates completed an emphatic 41-20 rout of UP Yoddha in the Pro Kabaddi League here on Friday.
Pardeep Narwal answered questions about his form and his team's defensive abilities with a stunning performance that saw him claim his second consecutive super 10 and his defence contribute 16 tackle points to the total.
Day 18: PKL 2019 Patna leg, as it happened
Bengal Warriors 32-30 U Mumba
Baldev Singh got a High 5 for the Bengal Warriors, while Arjun Deshwal scored a fighting Super 10, his first in his PKL career, for U Mumba at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium in Patna on Friday.
U Mumba started strong with a five point-lead over the Warriors at half-time. The score line read 11-16 in favour of Fazel Atrachali's men.
A bright show from Deshwal meant Mumbai kept piling the raid points, while Fazel, Sandeep and Surinder managed to keep the dangerous Maninder Singh quiet through the entire duration of the game.
Mohammad Nabibakhsh nervously paced about, wary of Fazel's tackles and did not contribute as much as he would have liked or usually would have, for the Warriors on Friday.
Touted one of the best raiding sides in the tournament and averaging 30 points in this tournament, Bengal Warriors was anything but that on the mat against a spirited Mumbai side.
However, things steered the other way with the start of the second half, with K. Prapanjan leading the Warriors' resurgence. Baldev Singh took charge of the defence as a determined fightback coupled with silly errors from Mumbai cost the latter the game in the dying minutes of the tie.
When it seemed like Mumbai could tie the game at best, Jeeva Kumar pulled off a remarkable tackle to pin Arjun Deshwal to the mat and take the Warriors through to a win.
This is the second win for the Warriors over Mumbai in the 12 games they've locked horns in.
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Patna Pirates 41-20 UP Yoddha
It was expected to be a one-man show but it was anything but that. Patna Pirates ended its home leg with an emphatic 41-20 win over UP Yoddha in a game that saw the raiding and defensive unites work in unison.
Pardeep recorded his second consecutive super 10, also reaching 800 touch points in the PKL in the process. The defence which came under a lot of fire particularly in this leg of the tournament also came good, with Neeraj Kumar, Jaideep and Monu leading a spirited tackling unit.
UP Yoddha was clueless throughout, not managing to keep up with Patna's sheer dominance on the mat. The crowd at the Pataliputra stadium was delighted to see the home side finish this phase of the tournament with a win.
Action moves to Ahmedabad on Saturday with th Gujarat Fortunegiants taking on the Tamil Thalaivas in the first game of its home leg.
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