Pro Kabaddi: Patna's rout of Bengal sees record tally, UP denies Puneri victory in thriller

Pardeep Narwal scored 34 raid points as Patna Pirates thrashed Bengal Warriors 69-41 in a match that witnessed a record-breaking tally of 110 points.

Patna Pirates' all-round show tamed a second-string Bengal Warriors.   -  PKL MEDIA

Pardeep Narwal saved his best for the last as he scored 34 raid points along with two tackle points to power Patna Pirates to 69-41 victory over Bengal Warriors in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida on Sunday.

Pardeep’s 36-point display also helped him become the first player to breach the 300 raid points mark this season.

Despite starting with a depleted starting seven, Warriors began the match on the front foot with the likes of Rakesh Narwal and Mohammad Taghi impressing with a flurry of raid points and helped Bengal to a slender lead.

The Pirates’ poor defending resulted into the side being reduced to two men on the mat before Pardeep spearheaded the three-time champion's revivial.

Vikas Jaglan and Neeraj Kumar produced two 'Super-Tackles' followed by a period of strong raiding from Pardeep to help Pirated inflict the 'All-Out' on the Warriors and open up a 9-point gap.

Pardeep picked up his 'Super10' at the fag end of the first half and reduced Bengal to one player on the mat. The first half ended 27-17 in Patna's favour.

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The second half started with Patna clinching an 'All-Out' in the very first raid. There was a brief period of dominance for the Bengal Warriors, thanks largely to raiding prowess of Rakesh Narwal who clinched a 'Super-10'.

Bengal eventually managed to secure an 'All-Out' with four minutes remaining but Pardeep Narwal then produced a massive six-point 'Super-Raid' (equalling his previous best of zex points against Haryana Steelers in season five) to inspire two more 'All-Outs' for Patna with under two minutes remaining.

Patna and Bengal set another milestone by recording the highest tally of points scored in a single match. The previous best of 103 points scored a few days back by Telugu Titans an Puneri Paltan.


-U.P. Yoddha denies Puneri Paltan win-

U.P. Yoddha registered its second win on home turf after edging past Puneri Paltna 43-39 in the second match of the day.

U.P. dominated from the onset with all-round brilliance. Skipper Nitesh Kumar and Amit kept Manjeet and Nitin Tomar mute with one lethal tackle after another, while Monu Goyat found form in the raiding department. The home team inflicted an early 'All-out' to inch ahead with an eight-point lead.

Rishank Devadiga and Surender Singh, then, came to the fore and continued keep the Yoddha scoreboard ticking. Punerí's skipper Surjeet responded to fire with fire with timely tackle points, but a lack of support from teammates meant the pressure on the Pune outfit kept mounting. This resulted into Paltan succumbing to a second 'All-out'. Yoddha ended the first half 29-14 in its favour.

The second half witnessed the resurgence of Puneri Paltan. Surjeet Singh's tackle on Devadiga in the first raid after resumption set the tone as Pune went on to score 12 points in the next six minutes without conceding any. Manjeet sent Amit and Gurdeep Singh to the bench at 29-19 to claim Pune's first 'All-out.'

Soon after, both skippers Surjeet Singh and Nitesh Kumar brought up their 'High-5s' and Pune drew back level to make it 36-36. Amit of Pune also registered his 'High-5'  in the 36th minute of the game.

Yoddha held its nerve and climbed to the fourth spot in the points table with this victory.

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