PKL 2019 Day 4 highlights: Delhi beat Telugu Titans 34-33 in a thriller
In first match on Day 4 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi league, PKL 2019, Bengal Warriors produced a solid all-round display to beat UP Yoddha 48-17
Siddharth Desai jumps over the defence of Dabang Delhi
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Suraj Desai was quick off the blocks for Telugu Titans as he made a two-point raid in the first minute of the match. Meraj Sheykh opened Dabang Delhi’s account with a raid in the second minute. It was a closely-fought affair between the two teams as they were level at 4-4 after the first five minutes.
Siddharth “baahubali” Desai was sent to the bench in the sixth minute after a strong tackle by Ravinder Pahal. Suraj Desai made another two-point raid in the 7th minute to level the match at 6-6. Siddharth Desai scored two quick raid points to give Telugu Titans 9-7 lead in the 11th minute. In the 16th minute, Telugu Titans forced a super tackle to level the match at 11-11 after Dabang Delhi had taken a slender lead. At the end of the first half, Dabang Delhi led 13-12. Naveen Kumar picked up regular raid points for Dabang Delhi in the first half.
Telugu Titans began the second half with a bang as they forced a super tackle in the 21st minute. Siddharth “baahubali” Desai made a two-point raid in the 23rd minute as Telugu Titans led 17-15. Suraj Desai followed it up a two-point raid of his own in the next minute. Navin Kumar achieved a super 10 in the 25th minute as Dabang Delhi trailed 18-20. Dabang Delhi inflicted the first all out the match in the 26th minute to level the match at 21-21.
Suraj Desai produced a terrific super raid in the 31st minute to give Telugu Titans 28-26 lead. Dabang Delhi reacted strongly and in the next couple of minutes scored six straight points to lead 32-26. Telugu Titans led by Suraj Desai came back and scored four points to trail 30-32 in the 36th minute. It was anyone’s match in the last three minutes but Dabang Delhi kept their nerve and cool to emerged victorious. Dabang Delhi showed immense mental strength as they came back couple of times after falling behind to nick a win.
Dabang Delhi will play their home leg starting August 24 in New Delhi.
Pro Kabaddi 2019, Day 4, Match 1: UP Yoddha vs Bengal Warriors
In first match on Day 4 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi league, PKL 2019, Bengal Warriors produced a solid all-round display to beat UP Yoddha 48-17. This was the first match of the season for both teams and it was the Warriors who came out on top as they recorded their biggest win in the history of Pro Kabaddi League.
The raiding duo of Maninder Singh (9 points) and Mohammed Nabibaksh (10 points) troubled the Warriors’ defence all night and chipped in with crucial contributions. Baldev Singh put on a solid display of brute strength and toughness and scored 7 tackle points. The UP Yoddha defence had an off night and could muster just five tackle points. Monu Goyat scored six points but didn’t get enough support from his defence.
UP Yoddha made a strong start and led 4-0 after three minutes. But Bengal Warriors came back strongly as Maninder Singh first made a two-point raid and their defence got their act together. In the first 10 minutes, it was an evenly matched contest as both teams were level at 6-6.
Bengal Warriors soon shifted gears and went on a scoring spree. They first inflicted an all out in the 13th minute to lead 13-7 and their defence kept picking points at regular intervals. Both the defence and raiders of UP Yoddha had a quiet first half as they scored just three and four points respectively. At the end of the first half, Bengal Warriors led 17-9.
The second half began with the Warriors asserting further dominance as they inflicted another all out to lead 22-10. Monu Goyat picked up a raid point in the 23rd minute as UP Yoddha trailed 11-25. Mohammed Nabibaksh produced an excellent super raid in the 24th minute to give Bengal Warriors a commanding 18-point lead as they led 30-12. The Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 33-13 after 25 minutes. UP Yoddha were looking bereft of ideas to counter the strength and toughness that Warriors posed. Bengal Warriors inflicted fourth all out of the match in the 37th minute to assert further dominance and opened up a 28-point lead. With less than a minute to go, Mohammed Nabibaksh achieved a super 10 to lead his team to victory.
Bengal Warriors will begin their home leg in Kolkata on September 7 whereas UP Yoddha start their home leg on October 5 in Greater Noida.