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Patna Pirates thumped Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Saturday to clinch the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 5 title. Patna have won the PKL title for third consecutive season now. Raider Pardeep Narwal (19 points) starred for Patna to single-handedly dominate the match and clinch the all-important victory. Defender Jaideep (5 points) too played a vital role. For Gujarat, Sachin (11 points) was the top scorer.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 victory.