Both teams played brilliantly to gain points in the league.
Patna Pirates beat U.P. Yoddha 37-35in the first match of Day 4 in Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 8’s Rivalry Week. Patna’s Sachin got a Super 10 (12 points) and was ably supported by left corner defender Mohammadreza Shadloui who secured a High 5. The three-time champions started the match brightly but lost their way in the middle to give Yoddha an opportunity.
Surender Gill scored a Super 10 for U.P, but Patna defenders dominated the final 10 minutes of the match to ensure they clinched an important win in the race for a playoff spot. U.P suffered their fourth consecutive loss and will need to find a solution soon to prevent the rot.
U.P. opted for a cautious approach in the first half as they’ve been in this PKL season. They benched Pardeep Narwal and took to the mat with just Surender Gill and Shrikant Jadhav as the lead raiders. They took an early lead but Patna, who also benched their experienced star Monu Goyat, clawed their back. Their raider Sachin had a good start to the match.
His 2-point raid in the 11th minute paved way for an ALL OUT. That also helped Patna open a 5-point lead, but Yoddha’s Surender Gill ensured the three-time champions didn’t run away with the game. The scores were 20-15 at the interval but the momentum was slowly turning towards U.P.
U.P. started the second half with a 2-point raid by Surender Gill. That helped the team clinch an early ALL OUT and level scores at 21-21. The momentum clearly shifted and U.P. used that to open a narrow lead. Surender Gill got his Super 10 in the 8th minute after the interval, but Patna stayed within touching distance through Sachin’s raids.
They levelled the score with 7 minutes on the clock. Sachin got his Super 10 as Patna clinched an ALL OUT with 3 minutes remaining. That gave them a 4-point lead but Pardeep Narwal, who entered as a substitute, gave U.P. a 2-point raid.
But Iranian left corner Mohammadreza Shadloui produced two consecutive tackles in a pressure situation to give Patna some breathing space in the dying minutes. The Pirates clung to the lead to ensure they walked away with all 5 points. The win will surely boost their confidence while moving forward in PKL season 8.
Puneri Platan defeat U Mumba
Puneri Paltan’s youngsters produced another collective performance to beat U Mumba 36-34 in the second match of Day 4 in PKL 8’s Rivalry Week. The men in orange made it two wins in two Maharashtra Derbies as they overcame a stiff challenge from Mumbai. Raiders Mohit Goyat (9 points) and Aslam Inamdar (8 points) once again impressed with their attack while young Abinesh Nadarajan marshalled the defence for Pune with a High 5 (6 points).
The win will give coach Anup Kumar’s Pune side much-needed confidence in their attempt to clinch a playoff spot. Mumbai’s Ajith Kumar scored a Super 10 but didn’t get the ample support required to seal a victory.
The first half was an intense affair with both the teams from Maharashtra attacking right from the first whistle. Pune’s Aslam Inamdar opened the proceedings with a 2-point raid, but Mumbai slowly grew into the match. Their raider Abhishek Singh’s hand touches were a sight to behold as Mumbai closed in on an early ALL OUT. But Pune’s left corner Karamvir dished out a Super Tackle to temporarily halt the U Mumba charge.
The team from Mumbai finally got their ALL OUT in the 12th minute to open a 4-point lead. Coach Anup Kumar’s Pune didn’t get disheartened by Mumbai’s early dominance and slowly staged a comeback. Aslam Inamdar’s 3-point Super Tackle with 2 minutes to halftime made it a 1-point game. Mohit Goyat also contributed as the momentum slowly shifted towards Pune in the dying minutes of the half. At the interval, the scores were 19-18 but Mumbai knew the Paltan team had upped their gears.
Pune could not finish Mumbai off as Ajith Kumar produced a series of successful raids in the early minutes of the second half to save his team. But Pune kept attacking with their raiders and Mohit Goyat’s tireless efforts paid dividends in the 10th minute when he helped them clinch an ALL OUT.
Pune took the lead and continued to pile on the pressure. U Mumba perhaps missed a trick by not slowing down the pace of the match which suited the likes of Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat.
Maharashtra boy Ajinkya Kapre initiated a Super Tackle and then clinched a raid point to bring U Mumba closer to Pune. Ajith Kumar then got his Super 10 as U Mumba levelled the scores with 3 minutes on the clock. But Abinesh Nadarajan executed a stunning Super Tackle on Ajith Kumar to switch the balance once again towards Pune. He secured his High 5 as his team kept calm in the final moments to win their second Maharashtra Derby of the Season.