Patna Pirates vs Puneri Paltan Semi-Final 1:Patna Pirates qualify for the finals in style

Image Credits: PKL media

Image Credits: PKL media

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Patna Pirates made the semis in style as they reaffirmed their supremacy over Puneri Paltan by eking out a big 37-33 win. The Patna Pirates had won the previous meeting against the Puneri Paltan in Pro Kabaddi League Season 4 convincingly 31-28. The Patna Pirates now hold a 3-0 win record over the Puneri Paltan over Pro Kabaddi League 4.
Securing the Semifinals berth the Puneri Paltan ourwere defeated by the Patna Pirates by a remarkable four points. Win-loss ratio for this match, no one would have been able to predict in this highly anticipated semi-finals, however, Patna proved to the the stronger team within the first 15 minutes, dominating most of the game and entering the finals of the Pro Kabaddi League 4, with scores at 37-33.
But it must be said to their credit that the Puneri Paltan fought on gamely.

Both the teams started on a sedate note. The score line at 4-4 in the 8th minute speaks for that. But Pune were hurt not by their opponents but by the hamstring injury to their defender Ravinder Pahal who had played so well against the Patna in the past. They did recover from the blow with Manjeet the skipper leading admirably with the help of Deepak Hooda but the former also leaked four points and latter got caught in a super tackle.
With Pardeep Kumar leading from the front with five raid points in the second half the new look side took time to settle but never allowed their opponents to establish an upperhand. Pardeep finished with eight points with one super raid worth three, drew a blank in the first half. For Pune it was Parmod and Deepak who collected four raid points and Somvir got two. Manjeet gave a good account in defence for Pune by taking 5 points.
For Patna Pirates it was a team performance with everybody contributing. Rajesh ended with seven raid points.
PlayerNameTeamWon2 who was the crowd favourite led the team admirably as always plus his contribution of 5 points was significant.
One expected the Puneri Paltan to come back but that wasn’t to be. They gave Sonu Narwal and Preetam Chhillar a look in and both of them tried their best getting the Patna Pirates all-out in the 33rd minute. Veteran Dharmaraj Cheralathan was substituted for Iranian Hadi Oshtorak who was a difficult barrier to overcome for Puneri Paltan.
Manjeeth Chhillar was outstanding at the defense starring all through the match.
He has a fine understanding with Somvir Shekhar and the other corner man Joginder Narwal and the development is a warning for the other team in 3/4th place match.
Raider Deepak Hooda has come up with some skilful manoeuvres for Puneri Paltan.
This period was ultimately the turning point in the game. In the second half, Patna Piratesi led 23-18 when Fazel was given a yellow card and 2 minute suspension and making Patna Pirates all out.
Then the Puneri Paltan even led 27-23 but the Patna Piratesi outfit hit back strongly and regained the initiative with some excellent attack and solid defending to emerge deserving winners.

Messy Fractals’s ringside view takes a closer look at the strategies used by players in the match.

Quarter Time View

We have divided 40 minutes of play time into 4 to look at which quarter belonged to whom.

Time (min) 0-10 10-20 20-30 30-40 Final Score
Patna Pirates 5 16 22 37 37
Puneri Paltan 6 13 19 33 33

Point tracker

Point Summary

Raid Strategies

Tackle Strategies

Patna Pirates Raid Analysis

Puneri Paltan Raid Analysis

Players Who Spent Time On And Away From The Field

Time (min) Patna Pirates Puneri Paltan
Best Field Time Fazel Atrachali Somvir Shekhar
Worst Field Time Pardeep Narwal Manjeet Chhillar

Most Valuable Players Of The Match

Awards Player Team
Raider of the Match Pardeep Narwal Patna Pirates
Inspiring Defender of the Match Hadi Oshtorak Patna Pirates
Marathon Man on the Mat Somvir Shekhar Puneri Paltan
Moment of the Match Rajesh Mondal Patna Pirates

*Raider of the Match=Player who scored the maximum raid points,
Inspiring Defender of the Match= Player who scored the maximum tackle points,
Marathon Man on the Mat= Player who has spent the maximum time on the mat.

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