The first semifinal at Gachibowli Indoor stadium, Hydrabad in Pro Kabaddi 2016 season 4 was an exciting match to watch. Patna Pirates beat Puneri Paltan (37-33) yesterday to enter into finals. Let us see the match highlights and result in details.
Deepak Niwas Hooda opened the scoring account for Puneri Paltan at his very first raid. He scored first point of semifinal match through a bomus point. But Puneri Paltan’s defense was not upto its best. They leaked early 2 points. The score was 2-1.
The score were moving neck-to-neck just like thrilling semifinal match must be. When the score was at 6-6, Pramod Narwal scored 3 super raid points and Puneri Paltan jumped upto score 9-6. Hadi Oshtorak was a substitute player for Puneri Paltan. He did a fabulous job as he produced couple super tackles and at one point of the match Patna Pirates took the lead of 15-11. Thereafter Puneri Paltan controlled the a lead a bit and till first half time Patna Pirates were having the lead of 16-13. The match could go to any side in the second half such was the situation.
In the second half Puneri Paltan came back into the match slowly and steadily. They were playing to their strengths. It was a good fight to watch. Just when 9 minutes were left in the game Puneri Paltan inflicted first all out and they took the lead 25-22. Just when it looked like the momentum was now towards Puneri Paltan, they messed up the things. It was Pradeep Narwal who was absolutely brilliant as usual and scored raid as well as tackle points.
At one stage Puneri Paltan had the lead 27-23. But they could not hold the lead for long. How can one forget the heroics of Rajesh Mondal. Just when one and half minutes were left Patna Pirates inflicted all out and the lead the game as 35-32. Now Patna Pirates just had to ensure that they did not try anything silly which they did so well. As the time was running Puneri Paltan looked fast and furious but it was too late for them.
In this way Patna Pirates cruised to Finals by 4 points for the second consecutive time in PKL history and we will have to wait for another finalist from the second semi final match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Telugu Titans.