Pardeep Narwal was sensational yet again as he scored 19 points to lead Patna Pirates to victory over the Puneri Paltan.
Puneri Paltan crumbled under pressure and lost their nerve as their campaign came to a disappointing end. Deepak NiwasHooda scored nine points but couldn’t deliver when it mattered the most for his team.
Pardeep Narwal made two successful two-point raids as Patna Pirates led 5-3 after seven minutes. Narwal scored two more raid points as Patna Pirates inflicted an all out in the 11th minute to lead 10-6. Deepak Hooda scored with a successful raid in the 11th minute as PuneriPaltan trailed 7-10. Deepak Hooda scored with a two-point raid in the 13th minute to revive PuneriPaltan.
Rajesh Mondal scored his first raid point in the 15th minute as PuneriPaltan leveled the match at 12-12. Puneri Paltan ended the first half strongly as they inflicted an all out in the 19th minute to lead 18-12. Puneri Paltan went into the break leading 20-13. Patna Pirates defense had a half to forget as they scored just one point in the first half. PardeepNarwal scored 10 raid points in the first half whereas Deepak Hooda got nine for Puneri Paltan.
Puneri Paltan sent Pardeep Narwal to the bench in the 22nd minute to lead 21-13. Vijay scored with a crucial do-or-die raid in the 24th minute as Patna Pirates trailed 15-21. Suresh Kumar scored with a two-point raid in the 25th minute as Puneri Paltan led 23-16.
The game was slipping from Patna’s hands as Paltan defense kept Narwal and Monu Goyat out of the match for long periods of the second half. Puneri Paltan led 28-18 in the 32nd minute and were on the verge of inflicting another all out.
Patna Pirates forced a super tackle and then scored with a two-point raid in a minute to trail 22-28 in the 34th minute. PardeepNarwal made a super raid and scored four points in the 35th minute as Patna Pirates trailed 28-29. Patna Pirates inflicted an all out in the 36th minute to lead 31-30. Patna Pirates sent back Deepak Hooda to the bench in the 37th minute to lead 33-31. Both teams were awarded a technical point in the 38th minute as Patna Pirates led 34-32.
Pardeep Narwal scored with a do-or-die-raid as Patna Pirates led 35-32 in the 39th minute. Patna Pirates inflicted an all out in the 40th minute as they won 42-32.
Patna Pirates now take on Bengal Warriors in the Qualifier 2 in Chennai and the winner will go ahead to the final against Gujarat Fortunegiants on October 28 in Chennai.