Trailing under the onslaught of the Bengaluru Bulls for almost 30 minutes of the fast paced encounter, Narwal and co scored at will in the second half to first bridge the half-time gap of 11-20 to inflict an all-out over the losers to turn the match.

And just when the fate of Patna Pirates seemed to be hanging by a slender thread, Narwal drew upon all his experience to trap rival Surjeet Narwal once and substitute Deepak Dahiya twice to prevent any slip up in the dying minutes. To his credit Surjeet with 14 raid points and a tackle point to add went down fighting like a true soldier.

The win, their eighth in nine matches takes Patna Pirates to 43 points while with their sixth loss the Bengaluru Bulls lie seventh with just 13 points, with the consolation point they got today for less than 7-point loss.

The situation now looks grim for the inexperienced team from the garden city and their path will be full of hurdles as they attempt to fight their way to a semi-final slot.

They made a determined beginning today getting a point off the first raid through Surjeet Narwal and very soon were leading 3-0. But the league leaders managed to equalise in the 7th minute. The score then crept to 6-5 in favour of Bengaluru Bulls by the 10th minute showing the tenseness of the battle.

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