Two times defending Champions Patna Pirates started their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) journey with a loud roar. In the game number 4 of this season, Pardeep Narwal & Co. defeated the Telugu Titans by 35-29 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad on July 29. Narwal played the captains game for his team and earned a total of 15 raiding points to win the game. Also, raider Monu Goyat chipped in with eight points.
For the Titans, Rahul Chaudhari collected seven points, while Nilesh Salunke contributed six points. Defenders Bhardwaj and Vikas gave Telugu five points each. But all of the four top performers for Telugu were outshone by Pardeep, on whom Patna rode to victory. Pardeep was the main difference between the teams from the start.
In the first-half, Telugu were looking to walk away with the game with a 10-7 lead following Goyat’s failed raid and Salunke’s successful raid that gave the hosts a good position in the 14th minute.
Pardeep, however, kept earning points as Patna refused to surrender for an all out. Patna Pirates tied the game at 12-12 in 19th minute with a super tackle. In the last minute of the first-half Patna forced another super tackle to lead 15-14.
Four minutes into the second-half, Telugu inflicted an all out in the 24th minute as they led 19-16.
Pardeep struggled in the second-half as they trailed 17-21 after 26 minutes. Goyat scored two points for Patna Pirates in the 28th minute as they trailed 20-21. Salunke scored two points in the 31st minute as Telugu led 24-21. Patna managed to control Rahul, while Pardeep scored his eighth raid point as Patna reduced the deficit to just one point in the 34th minute.
Narwal scored three points with a brilliant super raid in the 35th minute to give Patna Pirates 27-25 lead. In the following minute, Telugu were all out, conceding a lead of four points at 26-31 to Patna. Rahul continued his struggle as Patna led 33-26 after 38 minutes. Salunke scored two points to give Telugu Titans a glimmer of hope as they trailed 28-33 in the 39th minute but it was already late.
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