Defending champions Patna Pirates edged out UP Yoddha 43-41 in a thrilling match of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6.
Pardeep Narwal produced a strong raiding performance as he scored 16 points to lead Patna to victory. For UP Yoddha, Shrikant Jadhav scored 12 points but it was a case of so near yet so far. The difference between the teams was also their defensive strength. While Patna Pirates scored 11 tackle points, UP Yoddha got just seven points.
UP Yoddha got out of the blocks quicker than their opponents as they led 4-1 after two minutes. Pardeep Narwal scored his first point of the match in the third minute as Patna Pirates trailed 3-5. Rishank Devadiga got a two-point raid as UP Yoddhas was looking in fine form. Narwal then got three quick points in two raids as Patna cut the deficit to one point after 9 minutes.
In the next 10 minutes, the pendulum swung Patna Pirates' way as the first time led in the match. But UP Yoddha came back to gain lead once again. In the 14th minute, UP Yoddha inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 20-15. In the last five minutes of the first half, it was all Patna Pirates as they scored six consecutive points to lead 21-20 at the break.
Patna Pirates began the second half with a bang as they inflicted an all out to lead 24-21. The defence of Patna Pirates was marshalled well by Jawahar. Devadiga and Shrikant Jadhav handled the raiding duties for UP Yoddha as they continued to chip the Patna Pirates lead.
The last five minutes of the match was evenly contested as both teams traded raid and tackle points. Narwal scored with a two-point raid in the 36th minute as Patna Pirates led 39-37.
Jadhav achieved a super 10 in the 38th minute as UP Yoddha trailed 38-39. Jadhav made another successful raid in the last minute and UP was awarded a technical point as they trailed 41-42. But Patna Pirates scored a tackling point in the dying seconds to win the match.
In tomorrow's matches, Haryana Steelers will face Gujarat Fortune Giants whereas Puneri Paltan will play Dabang Delhi KC.
(With inputs from agencies.)