Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Telugu Titans edge out Patna Pirates, extend lead at top

Vishal Bhardwaj and Abozar Mighani were two of the star performers for the Titans and combined to score 11 tackle points and kept Patna’s main men at bay in what was a thrilling encounter.
Telugu Titans are now top of the Zone B table with 16 points.(Pro Kabaddi)
Telugu Titans are now top of the Zone B table with 16 points.(Pro Kabaddi)
Updated on Oct 19, 2018 09:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Telugu Titans extended their lead at the top of the table after beating Patna Pirates 35-31 in Pro Kabaddi League match on Friday. Vishal Bhardwaj and Abozar Mighani were two of the star performers for the Titans and combined to score 11 tackle points and kept Patna’s main men at bay in what was a thrilling encounter. It was Patna’s second defeat of the tournament after the opening day defeat to Tamil Thalaivas. Manjeet and Vijay together scored 16 raid points for Patna but it wasn’t enough. For Telugu Titans, Rahul Chaudhari got seven raid points.

Telugu Titans defence started off brightly as they sent Pardeep Narwal to the bench and led 2-0 after two minutes. Nilesh Salunke scored with a two-point raid to make it 4-0 for Titans in the third minute. Patna Pirates scored a bonus point and sent Rahul Chaudhari off the mat to make it 3-4 after five minutes.

Patna Pirates got two point raid through ManjeetI to lead for the first time in the match in the ninth minute. It took Pardeep Narwal 10 minutes to open his account as Patna Pirates led 8-6. He followed it up with a two-point raid in the next minute as Patna inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 11-9.

Telugu Titans suffered from Rahul Chaudhari’s indifferent form in the first half. Patna Pirates maintained their advantage at the end of the half as they went into the break leading 17-14.

Rahul Chaudhari scored a raid point in the 25th minute as Titans inflicted an all out to lead 22-21. Telugu Titans picked up two bonus points and then scored a tackle point to lead 25-21 after 27 minutes.

Pardeep Narwal had a quiet start to the second half as he scored just one point in the first 10 minutes. Patna Pirates were trailing 24-27 when they sent Rahul Chaudhari to the bench to cut the lead to just one point. Telugu Titans forced a super tackle in the 33rd minute to lead 29-28.

With less than five minutes to go, Manjeet scored a crucial raid point as Patna tied the match at 30-30. Abozar Mighani sent Pardeep Narwal to the bench with a brilliant super tackle and gave Telugu Titans 32-31 lead. Mohisn Maghsoudlou made a critical raid in the 39th minute to give Titans 33-31 lead.

In tomorrow’s matches UP Yoddha will play Bengal Warriors whereas Puneri Paltan will face U Mumba in the Maharastra derby.

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