Pro Kabaddi: Patna Pirates beats U Mumba

With its second consecutive win, Patna Pirates climbed to the second spot in the league while U Mumba remained sixth in the table.

U Mumba and Patna Pirates in action during the Pro Kabaddi League match at Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur.   -  PTI

Star raider Pardeep Narwal produced a stunning performance as defending champion Patna Pirates defeated former champions U Mumba 36-34 in a tight match at the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League. With its second consecutive win, Patna Pirates climbed to the second spot in the league while U Mumba remained sixth in the table.

Leading raider Narwal provided early lead for Patna by scoring three points in the first five minutes but Mumba didn’t have a good start as its captain Anup Kumar was shown the green card in the sixth minute for talking during the raid.

U Mumba’s defence did well for a comeback as Rakesh Kumar helped inflict first super tackle in the seventh minute followed by another in the 10th minute which provided Mumba a 8-6 lead. The game went into the break with Patna leading 16-14 as Narwal scored seven raid points in the first half.

The second half began with Narwal continuing his impressive performance as he attained a super 10 in the fourth minute of the second half giving Patna Pirates 20-15 lead.

Raider Rishank Devadiga provided a recovery for U Mumba as he scored two super raids in the 33rd and the 36th minute. With less than three minutes to go, the game tied was at 33-33. It looked like Devadiga could upstage Narwal as he got a bonus point in the last minute with U Mumba leading 34-33.

But it was Narwal who had the last laugh as he scored two points with his final raid and Patna Pirates prevailed for a 36-34 win. The last time both teams met was in the final of the Pro Kabaddi season 3 where Patna Pirates defeated U Mumba 31-28.

After its electrifying performance with 18 raids, Narwal was announced the best raider of the match, while Bajirao Hodage of Patna Pirates holsd the position of the best defender.