Pro Kabaddi League: Patna Pirates Beat Jaipur Pink Panthers to Defend Title
The fourth season of the Pro Kabaddi League ended on a high at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium with reigning champions Patna Pirates recording a 37-29 victory over formidable Jaipur Pink Panthers in the final.
It was a closely contested 40 minutes of perhaps the finest kabaddi game of the season, as both teams battled for supremacy. Dharmaraj Cheralathan, captain of the Pirates, hoisted up the golden trophy amidst spectacular scenes of celebration.
It was Patna’s aggression versus Jaipur’s tactics and in the end, it was Pirates who stamped their authority and emerged as champions, claiming their second trophy.
Pirates’ Pardeep Narwal scored 17 points and was awarded best raider while the champions’ Hodi Oshtorak was awarded the best defender of the match respectively. Telugu Titans’ Rahul Chaudhari finished a dream season as the most successful raider with 146 points.
Earlier, Puneri Paltan beat Telugu Titans in the battle for third place with raider Deepak Niwas Hooda scoring 17 points for Puneri Paltan.
As for the final, both teams began strongly but it was Jaipur who struck the first blow as they packed off Pardeep Narwal to the bench in the fourth minute with the score at 2-2.
Jaipur then got three points with a super raid by Rajesh Narwal to lead 6-2 after five minutes. An all out looked imminent but Patna forced a super tackle in the seventh minute as they trailed 5-6.
Pardeep got into his act as he scored with a raid and bonus to give Patna 7-6 lead. He got another raid point as Patna led 9-6 after 10 minutes.