Pro Kabaddi: Bengaluru, UP Yoddha win; Siddharth Desai heroics in vain for Telugu Titans

Bengaluru Bulls edged Telugu Titans 40-39 after UP Yoddha secured a comfortable win over Patna Pirates.

Bengaluru Bulls's Pawan Kumar (in red) in action during the Pro Kabaddi match against Telugu Titans at Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

Pawan Kumar, with 23 points, saved Bengluru Bulls the blushes yet again as it edged Telugu Titans 40-39 in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Friday.

With just seconds left and the score locked at 38-38, Pawan came up with a super raid to earn his side a thrilling victory. The result ensured that Bulls ended the home leg with three wins out of four and remained second in the table (48 points).


However, Titans’ Siddharth Desai (23 points) almost denied Bulls the triumph. From 27-35 he brought his team level to 36-36 in a matter of just two raids; one an all out that fetched six points and another a super raid for three. But it was Pawan who had the last laugh.

In fact, it was Pawan’s superlative second-half performance that held the Bulls together. From leading 15-12 at the break, Pawan effected an all out for four points followed by a super raid that consumed three players. A second all out with seven minutes to go left the Titans on the brink before Siddharth brought his team close.

Earlier in the evening, UP Yoddha, led by Shrikant Jadhav’s 10 points, handed Patna Pirates its tenth defeat, beating the three-time winner 41-29. For the Pirates, Pardeep Narwal top-scored with 14, but found little support from the others.

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