In the second match of the day, U Mumba clinched the win from Patna’s jaws to turn the initially slow game into an edge of the seat match in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2018) Season six’s 36th match
. A great performance by Pardeep Narwal to rack up 17 points got completely overshadowed by Siddharth Desai and Rohit Baliyan getting 15 and 11 points respectively for U Mumba. Fazal Atrachali also had a great game with 6 tackle points in his 10 tackle attempts to grab the Orange Band. Pardeep Narwal is now on 699 raid points in PKL history and will get a chance to reach 700 in tomorrow’s encounter against Haryana Steelers. On the other hand, in the first match, Bengal Warriors defeated Pink Panthers 39-28.
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Day 18 highlights, Match 2: Patna Pirates vs U Mumba
Siddharth Desai started the match with a hand touch point as U Mumba got a great start of 2-0. Pardeep Narwal made a tremendous effort by getting Rohit Rana and Surinder Singh in the 4th minute to level the score to 4-4. The half started to slow down with both teams choosing to make empty raids. Dharmaraj Cheralathan made a Super Tackle effort on Manjeet to take the lead back to 6-5 in the 6th minute.
Both teams continued to work on making the other team work on Do-or-Die raids which worked for both the teams as Patna Pirates got a point with Rohit Baliyan made a failed attempt on a bonus point where he even used up the Team Review.
While on the other half of the court Fazal Atrachali made a great waist hold on Pardeep Narwal to make a Super Tackle in the 12th minute and increase the lead to 10-7. Siddharth Desai was out of the court for a large portion of the match which led to U Mumba conceding an all out in the 18th minute as Vinod Kumar was dashed by Vikas Kale to take the score to 12-14 only to lose it by the end of the half. The half ended with both teams tying on 14-14.
The second half saw Patna runaway with a lead as the “Dupki King” Pardeep Narwal used his Dupki against Surinder Singh and Rohit Rana to clinch 2 points. He followed it up with a last minute fingertips crossing of the midline against Fazal Atrachali and Dharmaraj Cheralathan’s strangling hands in the 25th minute. He achieved his Super 10 and an All Out against U Mumba with this raid to lead them with 18-25.
U Mumba weren’t going to let Patna Pirates defeat them so easily and thus made great tackles like the pull by Fazal Atrachali in the 26th minute from the midline on Vijay. Siddharth Desai not being on the mat didn’t effect U Mumba much as they continued to comeback even after the chain hold by Jaideep and Vikas Kale in the 30th minute. Vikas Jaglan made a great Super Raid taking away Surinder Singh, Fazal Atrachali and Rohit Rana in the 36th minute to make the score 32-36. But Siddharth Desai’s 37th minute raid shifted the momentum as he took a touch point on Vikas Kale and a bonus point to make it 35-37.
Pardeep Narwal’s unsuccesful raid in the 37th minute led to Patna’s downfall as his absence cost them the match. With no Pardeep Narwal on the mat, Fazal’s team clinched the moment to make a last minute comeback and win the match 40-39.
Day 18, Match 1 highlights: Bengal Warriors vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
In the first match of the day, Bengal Warriors registered their third win in a row in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League, defeating Jaipur Pink Panthers 39-28. It was third straight defeat for Jaipur. Deepak Niwas Hooda got a running hand touch on Mahesh Goud in the second minute to initiate the points for the match as both teams started with empty raids.
Goud made a great comeback with a Super Raid in the seventh minute. He made a useful review as he was initially given out by the referees only to be overturned into three touch points and a bonus point. Jaipur tried to make a comeback from this with some raids like the one by Ajinkya Pawar with a great running hand touch on the captain Surjeet Singh which led to Bengal being reduced to 3 men on the court by half time as the score read 18-13 in favour of Bengal Warriors. The second half started with many empty raids as Anup Kumar tried to force Bengal Warriors into raiding in do-or-die raids and were successful in it as they got Jang Kun Lee in the 23rd minute to reduce the gap to 18-14.
But the next raid saw Vijin and Adarsh make a great Super Tackle on Deepak Niwas Hooda. The game went completely out of Jaipur's hands with Maninder Singh making a super raid, taking Anup Kumar, Sunil and SandeepDhull out of the court with a bonus to make it 25-14. Mohit Chhillar tried to make something out of nothing with his Super Tackle on Maninder Singh with his double ankle hold. This did not help them much as they conceded another all out in the 32nd minute with Ran Singh making a great block on Ajit Singh.
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