HYDERABAD: Home woes continued for Telugu Titans as defending champions Patna Pirates handed them a 36-43 defeat on the last day of Leg 1 of Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 at Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad here on Thursday.
Patna captain Pardeep Narwal (12 points) and Monu Gayat (10) played stellar roles in the second win on the trot.
It was only towards the end that home captain Rahul Chaudhari who scored 12 raiding points made some impact to cut the deficit to seven.
It was otherwise another forgettable day for hosts. Telugu, who had defeated Tamil Thalivas in the tournament opener on Friday before falling to Patna Pirates, Bengaluru Bulls, U.P Yoddha and Bengal Warriors. They didn’t show any improvement, especially in defence.
The home defence hardly got any control over Pardeep and Monu, who began perfectly for Patna. The eastern side then caught Rahul on his first raid to make it 3-0.
Rahul and Nilesh Salunke then got their act together to help Telugu keep pace with Patna in the first 10 minutes of their final home match.
But Patna later improved their defence while Pardeep and Goyat kept picking raiding points as they forced an all out on the hosts to lead 19-15.
Pardeep’s awareness kept Patna ahead as they led 23-16 at half-time and the sturdy raider hunted like a machine to keep opponents away from victory.
The inaugural day of the fifth edition of PKL registered a cumulative TV viewership of over 50 million, registering a jump of over 59 per cent over the first day of the fourth edition.
Patna Pirates 43 (Pradeep Narwal 12, Monu Goyat 10) bt Telugu Titans 36 (Rahul Chaudhari 12, Rakesh Kumar 6).