Jaipur Pink Panthers came into this match on the back of a close loss last night against the Zone A table-toppers Gujarat Fortune Giants taking the match to the final raid. Deepak Niwas Hooda and co aimed to end the home leg on a positive note with a win over their fellow North Indian rivals Dabang Delhi KC.
The Delhi side, on the other hand, secured qualification to the playoffs stage last week and had four wins in their previous five matches. They rested a few key players tonight and tested their bench strength fielding a young side on the mat to give them some game exposure ahead of the playoffs.
The first half saw the Dabang Delhi KC side start on a strong note not allowing the home side to score for the first five minutes of the match. The Jaipur did well to come back in the game with two Super Tackles from their left corner Sandeep Kumar Dhull to level things on the scoreboard.
Delhi got the all-out despite good resistance from the Jaipur defence as Chandran Ranjit put in a couple of strong raids. K Selvamani was impactful off the bench for Jaipur and Ajinkya Pawar did well to cut back the deficit as the first half ended 18-17 in favour of the Dabang Delhi KC side.
Pawan Kumar Kadian put in a stellar Super Raid at the beginning of the second half which kept Delhi in the lead. K Selvamani struck back with a four-point Super Raid to get his Super 10 and keep things close on the scoreboard. It was a close affair throughout the second half and Jaipur struggled to get the all-out as Delhi somehow stayed in the match.
Jaipur finally got the all-important all-out in the final two minutes of the match to cut the lead to one point. The match ended in a tie at 37-37 as the sides shared the points on the night.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Deepak Niwas Hooda - (6/10)
The Jaipur Pink Panthers skipper had a tough time to get going in the first half of the match and managed just a couple of raid points. He had a better second half finishing with eight points on the night including a tackle.
Ajinkya Pawar - (6/10)
The youngster had a slow start in the Jaipur raiding unit but did well towards the end of the first half to pick up four raid points. He continued to pick up timely points ending with seven raid points on the night.
Lokesh Kaushik - (3/10)
The young raider who made an appearance last night off the bench replaced K Selvamani in the lineup. He did not get much of a chance to raid and was replaced in the second half by Gangadhari Mallesh.
Sunil Siddhgavali - (3.5/10)
The defender did not have a productive night in the cover position tonight failing to connect with his tackle attempts tonight.
Santhapanaselvam - (3.5/10)
The right corner of the Jaipur defence was guilty of putting in hasty tackles and conceded quite a few touch points tonight.
Young Chang Ko - (2.5/10)
The Korean international played in the left cover position but was ineffective in the defence and was soon replaced by K Selvamani in the lineup.
Sandeep Kumar Dhull - (7/10)
Sandeep Kumar Dhull was a strong presence in the Jaipur defence scoring two Super Tackles in the first half to keep the side in the game. He picked up a 'High 5' in the first half and ended the match with six tackle points.
K Selvamanai - (8.5/10)
The raider came off the bench in the first half and started off strong with a bonus and a Super Raid in his first two raids. He scored a crucial four-point Super Raid at the start of the second half and got a Super 10 off the bench.
Gangadhari Mallesh - (3.5/10)
The raider replaced Lokesh Kaushik in the Jaipur lineup at the start of the second half and managed one touch point in three raids.
Dabang Delhi KC
Meraj Sheykh - (6/10)
The stand-in skipper for the Dabang Delhi KC side was kept in check by the Jaipur defence getting caught in a couple of Super Tackles by Sandeep Dhull on the left corner. He did better in the second picking up critical raid points to keep Delhi in the lead and finished with six raids points.
Chandran Ranjith - (8.5/10)
The raider was highly efficient on the mat for the Delhi side leading the scoring for them in the first half with seven raid points. He got to his Super 10 in the second half and ended the match with eleven points.
Pawan Kumar Kadiyan - (7.5/10)
The lanky left raider was given a start tonight and picked up good points on the right corner with his sliding toe touches on Santhapanaselvam. He kept picking bonus points for them and finished just shy of a Super 10 at nine points.
Tushar Bhoir - (2.5/10)
Tushar Bhoir started tonight in the cover defensive position for the Delhi side but had a poor night conceding a lot of touch points and failed to score a tackling point.
Viraj Vishnu Landge - (5/10)
The defender Viraj Vishnu Landge started the game on a strong note picking up a couple of tackle points with his strong dashes from the cover position.
Tapas Pal - (3/10)
The all-rounder played on the right corner of the Dabang Delhi side and was targeted on multiple occasions by the Jaipur raiders. He failed to pick up a tackle point.
Anil Kumar - (4/10)
Anil Kumar played on the left corner and started off the match with a strong double thigh hold on Deepak Niwas Hooda. He picked up three tackle points towards the end of the match getting a Super Tackle at a crucial encounter.
Vishal Lather - (5/10)
The young left corner came off the bench in the second half and picked up a Super Tackle on the Jaipur skipper Deepak Niwas Hooda with a stellar block.