RANCHI: Pardeep Narwal continued his stellar form, scoring 14 points to lead the Patna Pirates to a comfortable 46-30 win over Telugu Titans in the opening match of the Ranchi leg of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 5 here on Friday.
Narwal was ably supported by Monu Goyat, who scored with 10 points.
Patna are now second in Zone B with 41 points from 12 matches while Telugu Titans are fourth in Zone B with 30 points from 16 games. This was the Titans’ 11th defeat of the season as their dismal run in the tournament continued.
Patna skipper Narwal started with a super raid to take a 3-0 lead in the first minute while his opposite number Rahul Chaudhari scored with his first raid as the Titans trailed 2-4 after two minutes.
Patna Pirates wasted little time to inflict an all out as they led 10-2 after four minutes. Nilesh Salunke and Rahul then got raid points for the Titans as they trailed 7-11 in the seventh minute.
The Titans came back strongly as they inflicted an all out in the 11th minute to lead 12-11. Both teams exchanged raid and tackle points in the next few minutes as it was 14-14 in the 13 th minute. Narwal made a successful raid in the 17th minute as Patna inflicted another all out to lead 21-16.
Patna recovered from Titans’ onslaught as they led 23-16 at the end of the first half.
Patna Pirates 46 (Patna Pirates 14, Monu Goyat 10, Jaideep 4, Jawahar Dagar 3, Vishal Mane 3) bt Telugu Titans 30 (Rahul Chaudhari 7, Vikas 5, Nilesh Salunke 3, Sombir 3, Farhad Milaghardan 3).
Top Defender: Jaideep (Patna)
Top raider: Pradeep Narwal (Patna)
Gujarat Fortunegiants 39 (Sachin 14, Pravesh Bhainswal 5, Mahendra Rajpur 5, Sukesh Hegde 5, Fazel Atrachali 2, Abozar Mighani) bt U Mumba 28 (Kashiling Adake 10, Shrikant Jadhav 6, Anup Kumar 3, Surinder Singh 2)
Top Defender: Pravesh Bhainswal (Gujarat)
Top Raider: Sachin (Gujarat).