HomeSportsKabaddiPKL 2018: Telugu Titans Beat Defending Champions Patna Pirates 41-36
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PKL 2018: Telugu Titans Beat Defending Champions Patna Pirates 41-36

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With this third consecutive win against Pirates this season, Telugu Titans ended their home leg of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 in style.

Telugu Titans ended their last match at home ground on a good note by securing a decent 41-36 victory over Patna Pirates in a Zone B clash. Hosts Telugu Titans defeated Patna Pirates for the third consecutive time at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Vizag on Thursday.

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Star raider Rahul Chaudhari displayed heroic performance for Telugu Titans as he picked maximum 12 points for his team while Nilesh Salunke also collected 9 points.

On the other side, another star performer Pardeep Narwal didn’t have the greatest of the night as his performance was not up to the mark in the first half. Narwal recovered in the second half as he completed the Super 10 after successfully executing back to back raids. But that was not enough to ensure victory for Patna Pirates.

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The Game – As it happened

Titans started on an outstanding note as Rahul Chaudhari came with a raid point in his very first attempt before his side tackled Pardeep to make the score 2-0. Nilesh Salunke gave a handful lead to the home team with his spectacular four-point raid as the Titans were leading 6-0 in the first few moments of the game.

Vijay Kumar opened Patna Pirates account with a successful raid but the Telugu Titans’ raider collected back to back points to help their team take a 14-5 lead by the minute. And in the first 10 minutes of the game, Telugu Titans were leading by 5 points over Patna Pirates. Telugu Titans dominated the first half as they were leading by 11 points over Patna Pirates and the score reflected 26-15.

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In the second-half, Telugu Titans gradually extended their lead to 29-17 by the 24th minute before Pardeep Narwal’s couple of points raid cut the gap to 29-19 for Patna Pirates. Their captain continued to make successful attempts before making an excellent raid in the 28th minute of the game to help his team inflict an all-out as the score reflected 32-24.

Pirates continued to crawl ahead and picked 3 points in quick succession, while Titans somehow managed to get a single point as the score read 33-27 with eight minutes left in the game.

The pendulum again swung the other way as the Telugu Titans’ raiders and defenders came with some sensational attempts to extend their side’s lead to 38-29 by the end of 36 minute in the match. Patna Pirates showed some fight in the last moments to move at 36 points; however, that wasn’t enough to stop Telugu Titans from securing a much needed 41-36 win.

Despite losing, Patna Pirates are still in the second position with 52 points in the Zone B. With 50 points Telugu Titans are on the third spot in Zone B. Top three teams from both Zones will qualify for playoffs.  With 64 points Bengaluru Bulls are already topping the charts in Zone B.

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