The tiger approaches Baldeo confidently because he can see clearly in the dark. Additionally, the tiger can afford to be confident: it is a swift, powerful creature and has an innate ability to retain its stamina in any chase.
The tiger has also preyed on man for years, and it is familiar with the habits of humans. As for Baldeo, he is defeated because he loses his weapon during his fight with the tiger.
The tiger first strikes out at Baldeo with his paw. Baldeo, anticipating the tiger's move, leaps aside and brings his ax down on the animal's shoulder. The tiger roars in pain and looks for another opening. Meanwhile, Baldeo brings his ax down again, this time on the tiger's leg. The blow almost severs the animal's leg.
Unfortunately, the battle is not over. Baldeo's ax becomes lodged in the bone of the tiger's leg. Without his ax, Baldeo is defenseless. Seeing its opportunity, the tiger leaps and brings its human enemy down. The terrible encounter ends with Baldeo's tragic death.