Patna Pirates ease past UP Yoddha 41-20 in the final match of Patna-leg
Pardeep Narwal's 12 Raid Points and Neeraj Kumar's impressive defensive display can be singled out from the powerful performance by Patna Pirates, as they beat UP Yoddha 41-20 at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium in Patna on Friday, handing them their first win in front of the home crowd in the final fixture of the Patna-leg.
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Patna Pirates charged into a 6-2 lead within the 6 minutes of the First Half, with Pardeep Narwal slotting in 3 points and the Pirates defense getting in a couple of points. Right Corner, Neeraj Kumar dismissed Rishank Devadiga, reducing UP Yoddha to a single player on mat. Soon after in the 9th minute, Pirates extended their lead to 11-3, inflicting the first All-Out on UP Yoddha when Azad Singh stepped out of the lobby dismissing his raid.
UP Yoddha's Monu Goyat reached the milestone of 450 points in PKL, dismissing Jang Kun Lee. Nevertheless, Patna Pirates resumed the proceedings with a tight, formidable defensive showing as Neeraj achieved a 100% Tackle Strike Rate and also raced to his maiden High 5, bringing down Shrikant Jadhav and Goyat. Pirates went on piling the First Half misery on their opponents when Pardeep Narwal's successful raids had increasingly become a handful for the UP Yoddha's defense, especially when he smartly dismissed their captain Nitesh Kumar and Amit Narwal with a clever, pacey raid.
A well-executed tackle by Jaideep on Rishank Devadiga followed by a couple of successful raids by Pardeep Narwal once again reduced the UP Yoddha to one man on the mat. UP Yoddha were handed a second All-Out by Patna Pirates when the in-form Neeraj Kumar lodged in a dauntless dash on Shrikant Jadhav, rendering him out of bounds and giving Pirates a staggering 13-point lead. Jang Kun Lee notched a raid point and Neeraj struck once again as Pirates led UP Yoddha 24-9 going into Half Time.
Post the break, Patna Pirates went on to claim 5 points as against their opponent's single point as Pardeep Narwal reached his Super 10 dismissing UP Yoddha's captain Nitesh Kumar yet again, putting the score at 27-10. Soon after, UP Yoddha responded with Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari and substitute, Surender Gill combining to rack up 5 points on the trot. Jang Kun Lee's 2-point Do or Die Raid halted UP Yoddha's attempt to get back in the contest as he dismissed Nitesh Kumar and Amit Narwal, extending Pirates' lead by 16 points with the score at 31-15.
Substitutes, Azad Singh and Surender Gill combined to reduce Patna Pirates down to 3 men on the mat, but the home side countered the situation with a brilliant Super Tackle on Gill to maintain their huge lead. Once again, UP Yoddha were reduced down to 3 men as Vikas Jaglan struck 2 consecutive Tackle Points, ousting Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari and Monu Goyat. Soon after, with 2 minutes to go Pirates inflicted a third All-Out on UP Yoddha on the night, with the score at 41-18.
In the final minute of the Second Half, Left Cover Sumit and Surender Gill brought down Pardeep Narwal to notch a single point following which the match ended at 41-20, ending Patna Pirates' winless streak and also their first victory in the final fixture of their home leg in Patna. Patna Pirates ease past UP Yoddha 41-20 in the final match of Patna-leg.
Match Preview: Winless at Home, Patna Pirates look to end the Home leg on a winning note
The home side Patna Pirates will be aiming to emerge victorious against UP Yoddha at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium on Friday. Patna Pirates entered the Home leg with 2 wins from their starting 3 matches, but have failed to rack up wins in front of their home crowd in the Patna-leg so far. Record-breaker Pardeep Narwal will be in focus leading his side's offense against an increasingly confident UP Yoddhas defense.
Pardeep notched up an impressive Super 10 in the previous match whereas defender Jaideep has registered 2 High 5s along with a 3.16 Tackle Points per game so far, becoming a rock-solid mainstay of the Pirates' defensive unit.
Meanwhile, after initial two heavy defeats, UP Yoddha have remained unbeaten in their previous 3 matches, growing confident in performance with every passing fixture. Their raiding department has been getting the crucial points led by the duo of Monu Goyat and Rishank Devadiga. The Yoddhas' defense has grown convincingly formidable with each match. Debutant Left Corner, Sumit has complemented Right Cover and captain, Nitesh Kumar very well in the defense, collectively racking up 27 Tackle Points so far in this season. Despite the error that left UP Yoddha to concede a 1-point loss to Tamil Thalaivas in a tight encounter in their previous fixture, both - the offense and defense look in great form.
Pardeep Narwal will be having a tricky task on his hands when his side will take on this formidable UP Yoddha defense in tonight's fixture. With UP Yoddha looking to climb up the points table with a victory and Patna Pirates desperate to register a win in front of their Home Crowd, this match certainly seems to be a cracker of a climax game of the Patna-leg.
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