Patna Pirates beat Bengal Warriors to maintain unbeaten record
The match seemed to be tipping the victor way in the first half as soon as they made up for the early deficit to lead 17-11 at halftime.
After a tense five minutes at 22-15 but a blunder Bengal Warriors were nicely placed in the 2nd half by their safe bet Pardeep Narwal, who sent the crowd into raptures using a raid that was superb, actually brought their opponents back in the match. Bengal Warriors managed to come close to 24-25 when the match back from the achievement in the South Asian Games swung using a two-point raid. The hosts managed to hold their hearts to rake out a triumph.
Both teams were a bit reluctant to assault although Jang Kun Lee and Manpreet Singh began on a positive note scoring a point in the very first two raids of the match. It was quite tight till the 11th minute with Patna Pirates only managing to slip to 8-7. Hadi was to end with 4 tackle points than competing Girish Ernak for the match.
Patna Pirates forced the all-out in the 15th minute with that Pardeep Narwal’s superb raid when he had Shrikant Jadhav, Girish Ernak, and the off-color Mahesh Goud plus both points for the all out. Till then Pardeep Narwal was surprisingly scoreless.
He chipped in with two bonus points which Rohit collected a couple after an unsuccessful review by the opponents Patna Pirates breathed a bit easy.
However, the risk wasn’t fully averted as second-string Umesh Mhatre, and the never say die Shrikant Jadhav kept on trying. Nevertheless, in hindsight both points he conceded, one for losing one and the chant when he stepped out did damage his team’s opportunities.
Pardeep Narwal, which must have shattered the experienced campaigner’s self-assurance even, kicked the attentive Nilesh.
Rohit Kumar was the top scorer in the match with eight points that comprised two tackle points. Shrikant Jadhav finished with seven, all raid points.