PKL: Puneri Paltan Rout Telugu Titans, Patna Pirates Dig Out Win Over UP Yoddhas

Mohit Goyat was the lead performer as table-toppers Puneri Paltan outclassed bottom-placed Telugu Titans 54-18 in their Pro Kabaddi League match on Monday.

Telugu Titans were bolstered by captain Pawan Sehrawat’s return, but he was tackled within eight seconds as they straightaway were pinned to the backfoot.

The Titans did well to stay within touching distance, but were completely undone by a series of three raids. It began with a Super Raid from Goyat that saw Pawan, Hamid Nader and Nitin off to the bench.

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The next raid saw Shadloui trap Robin Chaudhary in an ankle hold.

The third raid was a mere formality as Prafull Zaware surrendered to Aslam Inamdar and Paltan inflicted the first All Out. Their lead grew to 16-9 and ended the first half leading 23-10.

There was more trouble in store for the Telugu side as they faced an All Out in the very first minute of the second half and the gap between the teams only grew further.

The Paltan seized complete control of the game as Abinesh dished out tackles at will, while Aslam and Goyat offered the Titans defence no respite.

Soon Goyat swept through Titans’ defenders and Paltan led by a mammoth 28 points at 39-11 with 10 minutes left.

Goyat again won points in raid and defence as the scoreline read 48-13, with the Paltan leading by 35 points and they seldom gave up that position of strength.

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Patna Pirated 48-41 UP Yoddhas

Pardeep Narwal’s season-best effort went in vain as his team UP Yoddhas went down 48-41 to Patna Pirates, who continued their winning run, in Pro Kabaddi League Season 10 at the Noida Indoor Stadium on Monday.

The plaudits fell in the lap of Pirates’ raider Sachin and his brilliant Super 10 (in addition to his two tackle points), as well as their skipper Neeraj Kumar’s High 5, which was enough to take his team to victory despite a fighting season-best 21 points from league legend and UP Yoddhas skipper Pardeep Narwal against his former team.

The home side was pegged back by the Patna Pirates early in the game as the team from Bihar got the UP Yoddhas All-Out in the first 10 minutes of the match. This gave them an eight-point lead after the Pirates took advantage of multiple unsuccessful raids by the side from Uttar Pradesh.

All eyes were on leading PKL raider Pardeep Narwal, with the fan favourite starting the match on a positive note, getting a couple of successful raids as well.

For the Patna-based side, it was their raider Sachin fetching a majority of the points and racing to eight raid points in the first half. But his run was stopped beautifully by the UP Yoddhas’ defenders who were slowly clawing their way back into the game after a Super Tackle from substitute Shivam Chaudhary.

This was not enough to hold back the Pirates, who had a comfortable 12-point lead heading into half-time after a late All-Out against the Yoddhas, their second of the match in the first half.

The second half started with a bang for the home team as Pardeep displayed why he is one of the best raiders in the league. He eliminated three of the opponent’s defenders — Ankit, Manish and Sudhakar M. — to complete an exhilarating Super Raid, as well as his Super 10 with one swift move.

The Pirates, led by veteran defender Neeraj Kumar who bagged a High 5 for himself, were off guard in the first five minutes of the second half. They found their feet in the game after Neeraj got Pardeep to win a Super Tackle, and then Manjeet joined the party in a Do-or-Die raid, with Nitesh Kumar, Vijay Malik, and Sumit finding themselves off the mat.

Manjeet struck once again soon after, as the Yoddhas were caught All-Out for the third time in the match and the Pirates began taking an unassailable lead in the game.

This did not stop the rampage created by Sachin during the match, with his all-round performance taking all the attention by the end of the match. The Yoddhas getting the Pirates All-Out in the final two minutes of the clash did not do much, with the Patna-based team eventually securing a seven-point victory over their rivals.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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