Patna Pirates beat U Mumba in Pro Kabaddi League

Posted By: PTI

Jaipur, June 30: Star raider Pardeep Narwal produced a stunning performance as defending champions Patna Pirates beat former champions U Mumba 36-34 in a tight match at the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League here.

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With its second consecutive win, Patna Pirates climbed to the second spot in the league while U Mumba remained sixth in the table.

Players of U Mumba and Patna Pirates in action during the Pro Kabaddi League match at Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on June 29.

Leading raider Narwal provided early lead for Patna by scoring three points in the first five minutes but Mumbai didn't have a good start as their captain Anup Kumar was shown the green card in the sixth minute for talking during the raid.

U Mumba's defence did well to comeback as Rakesh Kumar helped inflict first super tackle in the seventh minute followed by another in the 10th minute which provided Mumbai a 8-6 lead.

The game went into the break with Patna leading 16-14 as Narwal scored seven raid points in the first half. The second half began with Narwal continuing his impressive performance as he attained a super 10 in the fourth minute of the second half giving Patna Pirates 20-15 lead.

Raider Rishank Devadiga provided a recovery for U Mumba as he scored two super raid in the 33rd and the 36th minute. With less than three minutes to go, the game tied was at 33-33. It looked like Devadiga could upstage Narwal as he got a bonus point in the last minute with U Mumba leading 34-33.

But it was Narwal who had the last laugh as he scored two points with his final raid and Patna Pirates prevailed for a 36-34 win. The last time both teams met was in the finals of the Pro Kabaddi season 3 where Patna Pirates defeated U Mumba by 31-28.

After its electrifying performance with 18 raids, Narwal was announced the best raider of the match, while Bajirao Hodage of Patna Pirates hold the position of the best defender.


Story first published: Thursday, June 30, 2016, 13:35 [IST]
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