Pro Kabaddi: Patna Pirates Scratch Past Former Champions U Mumba 

Star raider Pardeep Narwal played a stellar game, winning 18 points to ensure victory for the Patna Pirates. 

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Patna Pirates beat former champions U Mumba on Thursday.&nbsp;(Photo Courtesy: <a href=";theater">Facebook/Pro Kabaddi</a>)

Star raider Pardeep Narwal gave a stunning performance as defending champions Patna Pirates beat former champions U Mumba 36-34 in a tight match at the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League in Jaipur on Thursday.

With its second consecutive win, Patna Pirates climbed to the second spot in the league while U Mumba remained sixth in the table.

Leading raider Narwal provided Patna an early lead by scoring three points in the first five minutes. Mumbai, however, failed to make a convincing start as captain Anup Kumar was shown the green card in the sixth minute for talking during the raid.

U Mumba’s defence made a concerted effort to bring their team back into the game, as Rakesh Kumar helped inflict a first super tackle in the seventh minute followed by another in the 10th minute which provided Mumbai with a 8-6 lead.

Star raider Pardeep Narwal scored 18 points for the Pirates. (Photo Courtesy:<a href=";theater"> Facebook/ Pro Kabaddi</a>)
Star raider Pardeep Narwal scored 18 points for the Pirates. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Pro Kabaddi)

The game went into break with Patna leading 16-14 after Narwal scored seven raid points in the first half. Narwal continued his impressive performance in the second half and clinched a super 10 in the fourth minute of the second half, giving Patna Pirates a 20-15 lead.

Raider Rishank Devadiga provided U Mumba a reprieve, scoring two super raids in the 33rd and the 36th minute.

(Photo Courtesy: <a href=";theater">Facebook/ Pro Kabaddi</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Pro Kabaddi)

With less than three minutes to go, the game tied was 33-33.

It was Narwal who had the last laugh, however, scoring two points in his final raid. The Patna Pirates prevailed, winning 36-34.

The last time both teams met was in the finals of the Pro Kabaddi season 3 where Patna Pirates defeated U Mumba by 31-28. After an electrifying performance with 18 raids, Narwal was announced the best raider of the match, while Bajirao Hodage of Patna Pirates won best defender.

(With inputs from PTI)

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