An error by experienced defender Ravinder Pahal in the last second allowed Naveen Kumara of Dabang Delhi to secure a point for attack and keep Gujarat Lions up 24-24 in the Pro Kabaddi League here on Sunday.
The Delhi star striker once again secured the Super 10 (11 points), his third in three matches in Season 8 – but the team was lucky to escape a tie after another match filled with defensive errors.
Gujarat will be to blame only after Rakesh Sanrogya and Rakesh Narwal opened the chance to win the match against the runners-up in Season 7.
Despite focusing on Gujarat’s defense, the attackers were the ones to secure the Giants the most points in the first half by a close fight.
Rakesh Narwal and Rakesh Sanrogya scored easy points for Delhi’s defense who once again gave starts to seniors Ajayu Thakur and Manjeet Chhilar despite a very small contribution in previous matches.
Naveen Kumar of Delhi ensured that the Gujarat Giants did not take the lead, scoring three points from their first three attacks, while headlines sent Girish Ernak and Ravinder Pahal into the dugout.
In the first 15 minutes, only 1 successful showdown was recorded, each on both sides. There was no ALL OUT in the first half as it finished 12-11 in favor of Dabang Delhi KC
The teams continued to exchange shots in the first minutes of the second half.
Gujarat had no response to Naveen Kumar’s attacks, but Delhi’s defense continued to fall thanks to unsuccessful clashes between Manjeet Chhillar and Jeeve Kumar. Naveen won his Super 10, three in three games of season 8, in the 5th minute of the half.
The Gujarat defense finally managed to get Naveen Kumar out with less than 10 minutes per hour. The brilliant attacks of Rakesha Sanrogya and Rakesha Narwala kept the Giants in step with Delhi.
But Vijay quickly managed to revive Naveen Kumar with a touch point and then with an effective attack on Rakesh brought Delhi to a lean lead in the 14th minute of the second half.
Rakesh’s effective shot gave Gujarat a one-point advantage in the final attack, but a mistake by Ravinder Pahal, who caught Naveen Kumar by the thigh early, brought Delhi an equalizer.
In the second match of the evening, Pawan Sehrawat and the Bengaluru Bulls achieved a comprehensive performance by defeating the defending Bengal Warriors defenders 36-35.
Pawan scored 15 points for the Bulls who won the game due to a South Korean attack by Dong-Geon Lee with two points at the last minute. Bengal will be guilty only after it was well started by captain Maninder Singh who scored 17 points.
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