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Pro Kabaddi Weekly: Patna in the rear-view

The Patliputra Stadium saw some intense action on the mats as the Patna leg took Pro Kabaddi through the third week of the championship.

The Pro Kabaddi season is in full swing now and following the opening legs of Hyderabad and Mumbai, the teams arrived in Patna on August 3 to kick off the third leg at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium, with Bengal Warriors in the lead.

Like every week, we round up some of the main stories emerging from the week that was in Pro Kabaddi.

HOME HEADACHES

One of the patterns apparent since the start of the season is the struggle of the home teams. First, it was Telugu Titans, who lost all four of their matches during Hyderabad leg. What made it all the harder to swallow was it happened despite the 1.45 crore purchase of Siddharth Desai, the most expensive buy of the pre-season auction.

U Mumba didn’t fare quite as bad, having won two of their four matches contested. However, Patna Pirates restarted the trend in full swing, with three losses in three matches.

GRABBING THE BULL BY THE HORNS

Bengaluru Bulls began the Patna leg with a superb victory over Bengal Warriors, thanks in part to a herculean effort by ‘Hi-Flyer’ Pawan Kumar Sehrawat. With less than 12 minutes to go, the reigning champions were lagging behind by 11 points in the second half.

That’s when they stepped it up to outscore the Warriors 10-2 in a span of four minutes, with five raid points coming from Sehrawat. That infused the team with the momentum needed to add two more points to seize hold of a 43-41 lead with just a couple of seconds left in the match. Nabibakhsh added a solitary point but it wasn’t enough to avoid a narrow loss.

Sehrawat’s 29-point haul in the match was the third highest ever, behind Pardeep Narwal (34) and Bulls’ captain Rohit Kumar (30).

NARWAL ON CLOUD 900

Heading into Wednesday’s game against Haryana Steelers, Patna Pirates were coming off two losses already in their home leg. That a team would average 12 raid points per game despite having Pardeep Narwal on their side is hard to swallow but that’s how the three-time champions’ season has been.

Narwal though, kept his game up as always, and although the Pirates lost 35-26, he exhbited his usual stellar performance to pick up 14 points on the night, nine of those going toward achieving a record 900 raid point mark for the 22-year-old.

For a brief moment, it took away attention from the struggle of the home team who need to step it up.

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