Patna Pirates thumped Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Saturday to clinch their third consecutive Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 5 title. Patna have won the Pro Kabaddi title for the third consecutive season in a row. Captain Pardeep Narwal (19 points) starred for Patna to single-handedly dominate the match and clinch the all-important victory in the mega clash against the strong Gujarat side.
Patna defender Jaideep (5 points) too played a vital role for the champions. (MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)
For Gujarat, raider Sachin (11 points) was the top scorer.
Patna struggled in the early stages before a raid by Pardeep levelled the scores at 15-15.
Patna did not look back from there taking a 21-18 lead at half-time.
In the second half, Gujarat raiders Mahendra Rajput and Rohit Gulia picked up back to back successful raids to keep their side within touching distance of Patna.
But Patna started taking lead with a bigger margin courtesy of Narwal who clinched successful raid points every time he entered the opposition mat. Monu Goyat too played a key role for the side in the second half.
Gujarat tried to sent their star raiders Sachin and Rohit more often in the opposition half in search of crucial points but failed to earn any.
However, Chandran Ranjit earned a few vital points in the dying minutes of the match for the debutants which were not enough for them to clinch the victory.
(With IANS Inputs)