Patna Pirates put up yet another dominant performance as they outclassed home team Puneri Paltan in the penultimate day of the league stage of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League. The men in green bagged a 38-21 win and kept their chances of making it to the semi-finals alive. They will face Jaipur Pink Panthers on Wednesday and would look to overthrow the defending champions and occupy the fourth place. If the Patna Pirates succeed in doing so, they face in-form U Mumba in the semi-finals.
Led by some exceptional defending from Girish Ernak and D Suresh Kumar, the Patna Pirates worked on a healthy first half lead to register a colossal win. Puneri Paltan, on the other hand, had yet another disastrous outing, with their key players misfiring even while they were playing for pride in front of their home crowd.
Patna Pirates gain sizable lead in first half:
Puneri Paltan raiders Amit Rathi and Mahipal Narwal were kept in check right from the beginning by the Patna defenders. Girish Ernak managed to trap both the raiders in the initial part of the 1st half and the Pirates went on to score their first all-out in the 9th minute. The score read 10-3 by then and Puneri Paltan had given in way too early. For the Patna Pirates, it was Gurvinder Singh who picked up important raid points to ensure a big lead. At half-time, Patna was well ahead in the contest with a 15-6 lead.
Pune continue to struggle, concede defeat again:
Before Pune could even build an effective game plan for the second half, the Patna Pirates wiped them out of contention by scoring 7 points in the space of just 4 minutes. The crowd at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex were in stunned silence as the home team stared at another big defeat. However, they displayed a much-improved performance in the latter part of the second half as they scored three Super Tackles which accounted for 6 points. Sandeep Narwal was pinned down twice and another challenge on Gurvinder Singh constituted these tackles.
But the late charge hardly did any damage to the Patna Pirates as they managed to hold on to their lead, thanks to the services rendered by Korean Tae Deok Eom. The all-rounder was responsible for inflicting the third all-out on Pune with a four-point raid. Pune somehow managed to get past the 20-point mark towards the fag end of the game and thus bowed out with another disappointing performance.