ProKabaddi: Patna beats Bengal to remain undefeated

Patna Pirates have now tallied 38 points in eight matches while Bengal Warriors with one consolation point have 27 points in as many matches.

Patna Pirates (green and yellow) in action against the Bengal Warriors during Pro Kabaddi Season 3.   -  PTI

Leaders Patna Pirates beat Bengal Warriors 32-27 to maintain their unbeaten record in Season Three of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi here today.

The match seemed to be tilting the winner’s way in the first half after it made up for the early deficit to lead 17-11 at half-time.

Patna Pirates have now tallied 38 points in eight matches while Bengal Warriors with one consolation point have 27 points in as many matches.

After a tense five minutes initially in the second half, Bengal was well paced at 22-15 but a blunder by otherwise safe bet Pardeep Narwal, who sent the crowd in raptures with a super raid, literally brought its rivals back in the match. Bengal managed to come close to 24-25 when Rohit Kumar, back from the success in the South Asian Games, again swung the match with a two-point raid but the host managed to hold its nerves to rake out a win.

Both teams were a bit hesitant to attack although Manpreet Singh and Jang Kun Lee started on a positive note scoring a point in the first two raids of the match. It was pretty tight till the 11th minute with Patna Pirates just managing to sneak ahead to 8-7.

For Bengal, Shrikant Jadhav starting for the first time impressed with his precise raids but Jang Kun Lee made the cardinal mistake of letting himself to concede a super tackle to the Iranian Hadi Oshtorak who was always a threat at the left corner. Hadi was to finish with 4 tackle points, one less than rival Girish Ernak for the match.

Patna Pirates forced the all-out in the 15th minute with Pardeep Narwal’s super raid when he had Girish Ernak, Shrikant Jadhav and the totally off-colour Mahesh Goud plus the two points for the all-out.

A couple of factors that proved to be Bengal’s undoing was the inability of reliable defender Nilesh Shinde to ensnare even one victim. The otherwise alert Nilesh even got kicked by Pardeep Narwal which must have shattered the seasoned campaigner’s confidence.

Rohit Kumar was the top scorer in the match with eight points that included two tackle points. Shrikant Jadhav ended with seven, all raid points.