PKL: Naveen Kumar guides Delhi to win 46-44 over Jaipur
BENGALURU Ship in Kumar distributed a superlative performance as Dabang Delhi hit Jaipur Pink Panthers 46-44 in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the SreeKanteevara stadium on Wednesday.
The raider picked up 16 points, including a record-setting 10th consecutive Super 10, as the Delhi side overcame a stiff challenge from Jaipur Pink Panthers to consolidate their position on top of the points table.
The first half of the game saw the important blows of both teams. The Delhi unit had a dream start for the game when its assailant Chandran Ranjit achieved a 5-point raid in the second minute of the game to severely reduce Jaipur's men on the table.
The Pink Panthers, who entered the game after a three-game losing streak, had no idea how a dominant Delhi team inflicted the first All-Out of the game in the fourth minute.
However, Jaipur did not take the All-Out lightly and Captain Deepak Niwas Hooda started a comeback with some strong raids.
Nitin Rawal picked up a five-point raid in the 12th minute to clean up the Delhi players and force an All-Out on the table toppers. The closely-fought first half ended with Dabang Delhi leading by two points (21-19).
The second half, like the first, began with the Delhi side on the front foot. But Sachin Narwal produced a major two-point raid that saved the Pink Panthers from an All-Out and gave the momentum to the winners of the first season.
Elavarasan produced two powerful Super Tackles when the Pink Panthers began to advance and Jaipur's team inflicted another All-Out in Delhi in the 12th minute of the second half to make 35-29 scores in their favor.
The incredible Ship in Kumar , however, kept the Delhi side in the game, clinching his 10th consecutive Super 10 with five minutes remaining.
A three-point raid by Vijay of Delhi in the last minutes made it a close affair. And it is not surprising that it was the first on the table who were nervous to choose a last-minute All-out that pushed them to a 2-point advantage that was enough for a victory.