Deepak Narwal’s inspired performance took Patna Pirates to a commanding 50-30 win over Bengal Warriors at the Dome@NSCI SVP Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Making a return to the side, skipper Pardeep Narwal helped himself to a Super 10 as well to move to the top of the Best Raiders list for Season 6.
Having been reduced to three players on the mat within the first 8 minutes, Patna Pirates’ Kuldeep Singh managed the first Super Tackle of the game with an Ankle Hold on Maninder Singh to hand his side a 7-6 lead. Patna Pirates then made their aggressive intentions clear banking on a two-point raid by Deepak Narwal.
Pardeep got a touch on Shrikant Tewthia to reduce Bengal Warriors to a solitary player on the mat before a Block by Jaideep on Jang Kun Lee gave Patna Pirates the first All-Out of the game in the 14th minute as they led by eight points.
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Pardeep became the second player to a 100 raid points this season and also regained the crown of the leading scorer in VIVO Pro Kabaddi as he got the touch on Ziaur Rehman in the 19th minute. But Bengal Warriors had some reason to cheer before the break as Baldev Singh got a Block on Pardeep to end the half with Patna Pirates leading by eight points.
The second half started with Patna Pirates on the ascendency as they went about increasing their lead. They scored the first 10 points of the half, including a tackle which got Jaideep his fourth High 5 of the season. Patna Pirates soon inflicted a second All-Out on Bengal Warriors off the very next raid and increased their lead to 18 points.
Pardeep managed his 7th Super 10 of the season in the 15th minute with a touch on Adarsh T. A third All-Out by Patna Pirates was achieved in the 16th minute as the lead went up to 27 points owing to Deepak Narwal’s touch on Ran Singh.
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A bonus from Deepak in the 17th minute got him his Super 10 before Ran Singh helped inflict the first All-Out on Patna Pirates with an Ankle Hold on Deepak late in the second half. But Patna Pirates had already sealed the game by then and walked away with a comfortable 20-point victory.
Top Raider: Deepak Narwal (12 raid points)
Top Defender: Jaideep (5 tackle points)
Top Raider: Amit Nagar (6 raid points)
Top Defender: Ran Singh (3 tackle points)