It’s Pirates vs Panthers

It’s Pirates vs Panthers
Highlights

IN Friday’s semifinal showdowns, Patna Pirates defeated Puneri Paltan 37-33 while Jaipur Pink Panthers steamrolled past Telugu Titans 34-24.Although, the first match was a close affair the host surrendered rather meekly. Coming good for the champions was Pardeep Narwal, who scored 10 points, and helped the team mount a spirited comeback against the gritty showing by the opponents.

Hyderabad: There will be no new champion in the fourth edition of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). Defending champion Patna Pirates took a step nearer to scripting an encore while keeping their date with the summit clash where they take on the League’s inaugural edition winner, Jaipur Pink panthers in what is likely to a surcharged final at the GMC Balayogi Stadium here on Sunday.

IN Friday’s semifinal showdowns, Patna Pirates defeated Puneri Paltan 37-33 while Jaipur Pink Panthers steamrolled past Telugu Titans 34-24.Although, the first match was a close affair the host surrendered rather meekly. Coming good for the champions was Pardeep Narwal, who scored 10 points, and helped the team mount a spirited comeback against the gritty showing by the opponents.

Puneri Paltan’s Manjeet Chhillar became the fourth man to score 400 points in Pro Kabaddi League but his effort went for a losing cause.
From a 2-1 lead into the third minute, Puneri Paltan were under pressure after ten minutes with Patna Pirates’ ace raider Pardeep Narwal bringing the score on par six points. Later, continuing the momentum, Pirates ended the first half with a 16-13 advantage.

Patna Pirates bounced back with a super tackle and leveled the game at 9-9 in the 12th minute. Their defence forced another super tackle in the next minute to lead 12-9. Manjeet Chillar got Puneri Paltan back in the game as he forced a super tackle in 17th minute and got another tackle point as they trailed 13-15 in the 20th minute. Patna Pirates ended the first half with a tackle point and went into the break leading 16-13.

Pardeep Narwal scored two raid points in two minutes as Patna Pirates trailed 25-28 after 34 minutes. Rajesh Mondal got two points with a brilliant raid in the 37th minute to level the game at 29-29. Patna Pirates led 31-29 in the 38th minute as Pardeep Narwal scored another raid points. Patna wasted a glorious opportunity to inflict an all out as Pune leveled the game at 31-31 in the 39th minute.

However, they duly forced an all out in the next few seconds to lead 35-32. Patna’s defence came up with points and crucial moments throughout the match as they prevailed 37-33 at the end.

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