In the most anticipated match of the day – a Maharashtra derby, Puneri Paltan, and U Mumba played out a thrilling tie in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). It was 32-32 in the end after Puneri Paltan made a comeback in the last seconds to tie the match. Siddharth Desai, the U Mumba raider, scored 14 raid points whereas Nitin Tomar scored 15 points for Puneri Paltan.
Although draws are not new in PKL, they nonetheless bring an aspect of a thrill to the league. As a result of the suspense that they create, here are the three most memorable PKL draws of season V.
Telugu Titans v/s Bengal Warriors
Telugu Titans and Bengal Warriors played out an exciting 37-37 draw in the Zone B match of PKL V.
The match was open till the dying moments, but none of the two succeeded to gain the advantage. Jang Kun Lee, Bengal’s star raider, scored eight points for Bengal Warriors.
Both the teams opened their account with a raid point as it was 1-1 after two minutes. Nilesh Salunke then scored a raid point in the third minute as Telugu Titans led 3-1. Rahul Chaudhary was wasteful the entire night, scoring just 5 points.
Towards the end, Bengal Warriors defense got into the act and scored two tackle points as they led 33-28 after 31 minutes. Rakshith then scored two raid points in a minute as Telugu Titans trailed 32-33 in the 35th minute. The game was on.
Telugu Titans inflicted an all-out attack in the next minute to lead 36-34. The match seemed to go in Telugu’s favor when Nilesh Salunke made a raid in the 36th minute to give them a 37-34 lead. Jang Kun Lee scored with a raid in the 39th minute to help Bengal Warriors level the match at 37-37.
UP Yoddha v Patna Pirates
UP Yoddha and Patna Pirates played out a thrilling 27-27 draw in the Zone B match of PKL V. Pardeep Narwal, who scored his 50th raid point for the fifth season in the match, inspired Patna’s fight back in the last five minutes. He scored nine points, while Nitin Tomar scored another seven points for UP Yoddha.
Narwal got into the act quickly and opened Patna Pirates account in the first minute itself. UP Yodha’s Tomar responded with a raid of his own in the second minute to level the game at 1-1. Monu Goyat scored a raid point for Patna in the fourth minute to tie the game at 3-3. At halftime, UP lead by 13-10.
UP Yoddha stretched their lead into the second half, as they led 22-17 by the 31st minute. Patna Pirates’ star raider Narwal had been effective, but he had spent most of his time on the bench. It was their defense who was letting them down badly as they scored just four tackle points as they trailed 17-25 in the 34th minute.
However, Narwal did try to inspire a comeback for Patna as he scored three points in one minute to trail 23-26. Thereafter, With less than two minutes to go, Pardeep scored another point to cut the deficit to two points. UP’s Tomar scored a crucial bonus point in the last minute as UP Yodha led 27-25.
Ultimately, it was their poster boy, Narwal who tied the game with a raid point for the Pirates. They were awarded a technical point with less than 10 seconds to go. The match ended in a 27-27 draw.
PKL Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Haryana Steelers
Jaipur Pink Panthers returned strongly in the second half against hosts Haryana Steelers as both teams played out a thrilling 27-27 tie in a Pro Kabaddi League Season-5 Zone A contest. It was the final home match for the Steelers.
Star raider, Nitin Rawal emerged for the occasion for Jaipur. He managed to score 11 points on a night where the famed Jaipur defense had a match to forget. Haryana, on the other hand, looked on course for a comfortable victory but could not perform in the second half. As a result, they had to settle for a tie.
Both teams started slowly, with the score being 2-2 after three minutes. Deepak Kumar Dahiya then scored a two-point raid in the sixth minute to help Haryana stretch the lead to 5-4.