The Bengal Warriors defeated Dabang Delhi to win the first title of the Pro Kabaddi League
AHMEDABAD: a clinic Bengal Warriors on Saturday he assured his maiden Pro Kabaddi League defeating title Dabang Delhi 39-34 in a pulsating summit shock.
Ship in Kumar It was brilliant once again with 18 raid points for Delhi, but the uncharacteristic mistakes cost their title hopes in front of a crowded audience, including the sports minister Kiren Rijiju , in the EKA Arena of TransStadia.
The Warriors did not have the services of the star assailant and Captain Maninder Singh, but gained support with his presence as assistant coach of the team in the final game of the seventh season.
The pressure of the final got to the Warriors in the early minutes as Delhi stormed to a 6-0 lead. Ship in Kumar certainly looked charged up for the event while Delhi's cover combination of Anil Kumar and Vishal Mane also seemed eager to stop any assailant who approached.
The Delhi side secured its All-Out in the eighth minute to open a four-point lead, but the Warriors were a different side after the restart. Deputy captain Mohammad Nabibakhsh resumed his game and earned valuable raid points, as the Warriors quickly reduced the Delhi lead.
Iran's Delhi player, Meraj Sheykh, impressed as a substitute, picking up two attack points in pressure situations, but the Warriors secured their first All-Out with less than four minutes remaining for the break.
The first disputed half ended with the scores leveled at 17-17.
The Warriors maintained that momentum in the second half as they quickly took the lead. Sukesh Hegde once again sizzled for the Warriors with some mature raids, often beating Ravinder Pahal in the left corner of Delhi.
Perhaps the most intelligent movement of the Warriors camp was to deploy the experienced Jeeva Kumar in a role of changing coverage, depending on the strong foot of the assailant.
The decision helped when the Warriors achieved another All-Out in the 8th minute of half to open a 4-point lead.
Delhi's Ship in Kumar clinched his Super 10 in the 10th minute (21st consecutive) but his side struggled to get a stranglehold of the match as Warriors corner combination of Rinku Narwal and Baldev Singh also got into the game.
The Warriors inflicted another All-Out with six minutes remaining to open a 10-point lead.
Ship in Kumar kept trying to script a comeback for the Delhi side, hitting the 300-point milestone in the process, but his work continuously got undone by uncharacteristic errors in the defence with the likes of Joginder Narwal and Ravinder Pahal struggling.
The Warriors defense stood firm in the last minutes to secure his maiden Pro Kabaddi League Title