Bengal Warriors, languishing at the bottom of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 2 table, came up with a solid defensive display to enforce a draw with Patna Pirates in the final match of the Patna leg on Sunday. The visitors put up a spirited performance and led the contest for most of the match before Patna came storming back to force PKL-2’s first draw at 20-20.
The tie saw Bengal leapfrog Puneri Paltan into the seventh position while Patna Pirates remained at fourth place in the league.
Patna Pirates come back to avoid defeat
In a low-scoring encounter, the two teams initially relied heavily on their defenders to keep the scoreboard ticking. The first point through raid was earned only in the eighth point of the match when Patna Pirates’ Deepak Narwal barged into the Bengal box and made it 4-4.
The Bengal Warriors were always the team to inch ahead first and Patna Pirates had to do some catching up for almost the entire contest. Bengal’s South Korean recruit Jang Kun Lee contributed with a successful raid that saw the Bengal score soar to 9-7. Once again, not to be outdone, the Patna captain Sandeep Narwal produced some superb grappling to level the score at 9-9.
Vineet Sharma then picked up a touch point and Bengal ultimately ended the first half with a slender lead of 12-9.
Refreshed after the break, the Patna Pirates pounced on their opponents fearlessly. Immediately upon resumption, they scored two points on the trot. Mahendra Rajput too ensured that the team from Kolkata did not fall behind and gave the visitors two vital raid points.
A couple of crucial touch points were bagged by both the teams next and the score was then 17-15 in Bengal’s favour.
However, Patna Pirates suddenly upped their intensity after that and registered three quick points. The Pirates’ defenders dashed and pinned down Rajput which closed the margin to 16-17. Deepak Narwal was swift and his skilled raiding saw him giving his team a critical touch point, which evened the scores at 17-17. Patna bagged another touch point which helped them to lead 18-17.
The resourceful Jang Kun Lee did not let the Bengal Warriors fall behind as he picked up another point to make the score 18-18. The score once again was levelled at 19-19 as the entire stadium waited with bated breath to see who wins.
In an enthralling finish, Patna’s Sandeep Narwal and Bengal’s Jang Kun Lee were both tackled by their respective opponents and the riveting match ended in a 20-20 draw.