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Patna Pirates coach Sanjiv Baliyan hails his players after big win

868   //    13 Feb 2016, 01:02 IST
Patna Pirates Selvamani Dabang Delhi Pro Kabaddi
Patna Pirates dominated Dabang Delhi in Pune

Patna Pirates returned to winning ways as they made mockery of a struggling Dabang Delhi side in a 47-34 win. After an even start, Patna Pirates pulled away into a mammoth lead thanks to the heroics of the Narwals – Pardeep and Deepak, who raided away the Eagles’ hopes. After that, there was no stopping the two young raider as despite Dabang Delhi forcing an all-out on the Pirates, the league leaders registered a 13-point win.

Coach Sanjiv Kumar Baliyan revealed that he was totally satisfied with his team’s performance as he heaped praise on his players after the big win against Dabang Delhi.

“All our players today were brilliant. Everyone gave their hundred per cent and I feel that’s why the win was possible. I am very happy with the way we went about it,” Baliyan told the media after the game.

“The key was that we didn’t make the kind of errors that we made against Puneri Paltan yesterday. We worked on it and I’m glad that we got the mistakes out of our game. It was a complete performance, I would say.”

The win puts Patna Pirates in a very strong position to qualify for the semi-finals and with the home leg to follow, the men in green have a great chance of sealing their place in the final four.

“We want to win all the four games at home. So far, we have been winning and I don’t see any reason why we can’t win those matches in Patna with the home crowd behind us,” the Patna Pirates Coach said.

The Pirates’ form this season have already triggered talks of the Pro Kabaddi title, and Coach Baliyan didn’t try to downplay those talks, as he openly declared having ambitions of winning the final.

“We want to win the final. That’s our ambition. I think we have proved that we are good enough to do that. But we have to win more games. To be the champion, you have to beat every other team and we have been doing that this season,” he proudly claimed.

Patna Pirates now face the Bengal Warriors in the opening game of the Patna leg on 16th February, a game that Sanjiv Baliyan’s men would be looking to win and inch closer to the semi-finals.

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