Gurvinder Singh did his job to perfection today as he gave his side Patna Pirates a narrow two-point win over Bengal Warriors, taking the score to 34-32.With this win the Pirates their chances of making the play-offs alive. His 10 raid points, a couple of bonus points and a few assists in defence were his contribution in this crucial encounter of Season 2 of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi He had able support from defender Girish Ernak who had a good match. The five points Patna pocketed took their tally to 30 points with three matches to play.  They occupy fifth place on the table. The Warriors with 26 have just one match left and lie seventh.

The match was a do or die one for Patna while for the Warriors it was a matter of pride. They failed to win but showed enough pluck and fight despite the absence of top defender Nilesh Shinde and two of his associates Bajirao Hodage and Sachin Khambe also injured. The lack of form meant Captain Dinesh Kumar too had to warm the bench. It reflected in their play, when they were all-out in the 11th minute. They were down at 6-12. The difference remained the same at half-time with the winners leading 18-12.

For Patna it was Gurvinder who scored eight to do the bulk of scoring. Bengal made their presence felt through two super raids from Mahendra Rajput and Jang Kun Lee. Gurvinder too had one super raid when he had Jang, his Korean mate Seong Ryeol Kim playing in place of Nilesh and Shyam Kumar Sah to keep his team well ahead.

The situation was well in control for Patna till Kedar Lal took the field in the second half for Bengal. He stunned the rivals with a super raid to close the gap to 17-21. A moment before that Ravi Dalal’s super raid had Bengal on the brink of an all-out. Kedar’s heroic act not only saved his team but helped them fight back. Captain for the day Sunil Jaipal got two points from as many do-or-die raids and when Jang got a couple Sunil completed the formalities of the all-out. And suddenly the match came alive with Bengal going up 27-26.

From then on it was neck to neck with the lead changing hands. But it was again the wiry Punjabi Gurvinder who came to his team’s rescue. He netted three in two raids. Captain Sandeep Narwal then got one for the equalizer (30-30). The Pirates were relieved when substitute Deepak Narwal who had scored a couple earlier evaded Vijin Thangadurai’s tackle to keep the scores level. But finally it was the dare devilry of Girish Ernak the boy from Thane in Maharashtra effecting four perfect catches on Sunil Jaipal, Jang Kun Lee, substitute Vineet Sharma and Mahendra Rajput in a do-or-die raid which finally settled the argument. 






TVS best raider of the match

Gurvinder Singh (Patna Pirates)


Bajaj electrical inspiring defender of the match

Vijin Thangadurai (Bengal Warriors)


Bengaluru Bulls moment of the match

Gurvinder Singh (Patna Pirates)


VIP frenchie big impression player of the match

Sunil Jaipal (Bengal Warriors)


Flipkart audience ki wish player of the match

Gurvinder Singh (Patna Pirates)