Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Patna Pirates. (Photo: Twitter/@ProKabaddi)
Jaipur Pink Panthers notched up an impressive 34-21 over Patna Pirates in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi season 7 match here on Saturday. Jaipur Pink Panthers’ defence led by Sandeep Dhull and Amit Hooda did an excellent job on Patna’s danger man Pardeep Narwal as they kept him off the mat for 23 minutes and nine seconds.
Narwal to his credit managed to top score for Patna and ended with nine points. Sandeep Dhull put in a strong defensive performance and got as many as eight tackle points. Deepak Narwal chipped in with eight raid points for Jaipur Pink Panthers. For Patna Pirates, Monu who came on as a substitute ended up with a high five.
Pardeep opened Patna Pirates’ account with a raid point in the first minute. Sandeep clocked his 150th tackle point as Jaipur Pink Pirates led 2-1. Amit tackled Jang Kun Lee in the fourth minute as both teams were tied at 3-3. Ajinkya Pawar made a two-point raid in the sixth minute to give Jaipur Pink Panthers 5-3 lead.
In the ninth minute Jaipur Pink Panthers inflicted an all out to lead 11-4. Jaipur Pink Panthers were in ominous form as they kept Pardeep quiet for the first 15 minutes. At the end of the first half, Jaipur Pink Panthers led 15-9.
The second half started with Jaipur Pink Panthers asserting their dominance. Deepak Narwal made a two-point raid in the 23rd minute to lead 18-11. Pardeep scored three quick raid points to revive Patna’s hopes of a comeback as Patna Pirates trailed 14-18 after 26 minutes.
Amit completed his high five in the 27th minute as he sent Pardeep to the bench and crushed all hopes of a Patna Pirates comeback. In the 30th minute Deepak made a two-point raid to give Jaipur Pink Panthers 24-14 lead. Sandeep also achieved a high five in the 33rd minute as Jaipur Pink Panthers continued to pile more misery on Patna Pirates.
Jaipur then inflicted another all out to lead 29-16. Pardeep was the lone ranger when it came to Patna’s raiding points as with just five minutes to go, they still trailed by 10 points.