Patna Pirates registered an emphatic 26-24 win against Jaipur Pink Panthers to break into the top half of the Pro Kabaddi League Table. The men in green showed great resistance against the defending champions as they excelled in all departments of the game.
Patna Pirates gain crucial lead in first half:
One was sure to witness a close contest between the two teams and both Patna and Jaipur got off to an aggressive start. The score went neck to neck initially but it was Patna who picked up pace and went on to score their first all-out in the 12th minute. By half-time, they had gained a seven-point advantage as the score read 16-9.
Korean recruit Tae Deok Eom was the star of the first half as the all-rounder raided and tackled like a champion. In one such instance, he single-handedly lifted Kuldeep Singh and hurled him off the play area to send the Pune crowd in a frenzy.
Cornered Pink Panthers’ valiant effort goes in vain:
Jaipur Pink Panthers went past 300 raid points in the tournament, the only team to do so after leaders U Mumba. However, they continued to trail the Patna Pirates, who were cashing in on Do or Die Raids. The Pink Panthers made a strong comeback through a Super Tackle, bringing down the point difference.
Jaipur Pink Panthers were still trailing the Patna Pirates by 7 points in the 34th minute. However, two successful tackles and another touch point from Jasvir Singh reduced the point difference to just 2 points in the 37th minute. With only 3 minutes remaining in the game, Patna Pirates were in a dangerous situation but the cool-headed Sandeep Narwal resorted to pure tactical play as he ran the clock down with empty raids. Patna hence won the match and progressed to the semis.
Jaipur Pink Panthers’ Ran Singh (8 points) was awarded the Man of the Match for his stellar performance. But, he could not lead his side to victory and thus Jaipur missed out on a place in the semi-finals.