Pro Kabaddi 2018: Patna Pirates beat Bengal Warriors in tight affair
This was a low scoring match that saw both teams struggling to score raid points and hence use a defensive strategy. Jaideep made it a great show by getting 5 crucial tackle points on Bengal Warriors’ raiders.Updated: Nov 01, 2018 21:29 IST
Defending Champions Patna Pirates finally ended their losing streak at home and earned a narrow (29-27) but deserved win over Bengal Warriors in Pro Kabaddi League Season VI. The win meant that Patna Pirates are now top of Zone B table with 23 points after 10 games. This was a low scoring match that saw both teams struggling to score raid points and hence use a defensive strategy. Jaideep made it a great show by getting 5 crucial tackle points on Bengal’s raiders. Ran Singh was given the mantle of Maninder Singh which he did a great job at with 7 raid points in his 10 raids. Deepak Narwal did some damage in the end to take Patna Pirates to the victory with 7 raid points. Jaideep is now the best defender in Season VI and the holder of Orange Sleeve.
Patna Pirates were starting the match without their star raider Pardeep Narwal as he was tending his wrist injury while Bengal Warriors were starting without Maninder Singh. The absence of Pardeep Narwal looked prominent for Patna Pirates as they started to trail by 4 points by the 3rd minute. It looked like another dismal start to the game by Patna but was overturned by Tushar Patil who came in as a substitute in the 5th minute for a Do-Or-Die raid and Amit Kumar to start the tally for Patna. They equalized by the 8th minute.
Bengal lost Mahesh Goud and Jang Kun Lee to Patna’s defense and thus a new face came up as the hero as Ran Singh took the raiding in his hands. He took 2 bonus points from under the nose of Patna’s defense before he got out to a strong thigh hold by Vijay in the 12th minute to concede an All Out for Bengal Warriors and make it 9-7. Both teams then worked on getting the raiders through their defenses as they used Do-Or-Die raids. The half ended with Patna Pirates leading Bengal Warriors by 15-12.
Both teams continued to work on Do-Or-Die raids as they made empty raids after empty raids. Bengal Warriors reduce the gap to 1 point by the 25th minute as Jang Kun Lee did his back kick to make it 16-15. Patna Pirates increased it back to 4 points by the 27th minute as Manjeet got Mahesh Goud with an ankle hold while Jaideep came with a dash from behind Goud’s back to make it 19-15.
The 32nd minute saw Deepak Narwal be saved by the line officials who saw Shrikant Tewthia step out of mat while also being the main defender who stopped Deepak from crossing the midline in his 32nd minute raid. Ran Singh continued to make great works with his raids which could be seen in his 36th minute raid where he would have got 6 players out if his dangling foot would have crossed the midline after being stopped by Jaideep. Baldev Singh caught a leap frog attempt by Tushar Patil in the 37th minute to creep back towards equalizing the score line which they achieved by the 38th minute when Vikas Jaglan got himself out by going out of mat. The 39th minute saw the substitute Manish make a great ankle hold to make it 27-25 but this raid also saw Jang Kun Lee nurse a shoulder injury. This cracker of a match ended with Patna Pirates finishing their home leg with a win by 29-27 against Bengal Warriors.