Ahmedabad: It turned out to be the match where experience of Patna Pirates came out handy as they managed to tie the contest 27-27 against UP Yoddha.
In Sunday’s first match at The Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad, UP Yoddha was ahead into the game for most of the part but few mistakes in the end cost them as and they had to settle with only three points.
“We were 80 per cent right today but in the last five minutes, our strategies failed completely. Senior players failed to sustain pressure and it affected the whole team due to which we made crucial mistakes in the end,” said Uday Kumar the UP Coach.
As expected the match started with both the captains Pradeep Narwal of Patna Pirates and Nitin Tomar of UP Yoddha collecting first point for their teams. Pradeep looked off- colour in the start and failed to score points in next two raids whereas Nitin managed to steal points from the opponents area easily.
After going neck to neck for the first five minutes, UP crawled ahead into the match with a two points lead at the end of sixth minute with score line of 5-3.
UP kept controlled approach over the game and attacked Pradeep on regular basis which helped them keep momentum in their favour. At the half time UP was leading the game 13-10.
Without Pradeep in the centre, Patna was not able to score points freely while for UP, Rishank and Mahesh with their successful raids kept opponents on their toes.
In defence Pankaj was enough for the UP outfit as he did not allow the Pirates raider to settle down.
Monu was the lone raider for Patna outfit who was scoring points and kept Patna into the game.
Late surge by Patna
At the end of 34th minute, UP was confidently leading ahead into the match with the score reading 23-17. Things suddenly became bright for Patna as their captain Pradeep came out strongly overcoming his earlier failures and scored three back to back points to ensure a draw for his team.
“We were coming from three victories on trot so we went bit into overconfidence. Pradeep Narwal was not able to take points which put pressure on the whole team,” said Ram Meher Singh Patna Pirates Coach.
Gujarat Fortunegiants continued their dream run at their home as they secured a 27-20 win over Jaipur Pink Panthers. Seven points from raider Sachin and four points each from Fazel Atrachali and Abozar Mighani scripted the win for home team.