Pro Kabaddi 2016, Season 4 Results & Highlights: Puneri Paltan vs Dabang Delhi Full Match Report, News & Updates
Puneri Paltan drew with Dabang Delhi in the first tie of Pro Kabaddi season 4. The nail-biting match finished 27 all.
Both, Puneri Paltan and Dabang Delhi came into this match on the back of losses. In a tournament format like the Pro Kabaddi, you don’t really want to end up with consecutive losses. With games coming in thick and fast, it can dent the team’s momentum to a large extent.
The usual suspect, Kashiling Adake opened the scoring for Delhi, courtesy a bonus point. He and Deepak Narwal took turns to unlock the Puneri defense as they rushed to a 4-0 lead inside four minutes. Paltan captain, Manjeet was sent to the bench in his very first raid.
His side found it problematic to score their first point of the match. Deepak Hooda finally put a number on the scoreboard in the seventh minute to make it 1-5. He followed it up with another raid point, taking out Meraj Sheykh. Soon Delhi were down to two as Manjeet scored two consecutive points, slipping away from the opposition defence.
The score was now level at 5-5. But Delhi held on as they executed a super-tackle on the Paltan captain to take an 8-5 lead.
Adake was livid with his side’s defence. They were conceding cheap points to the opposition. Nitin Tomar inflicted the first all out on Delhi. Pune were now in the lead, 10-8. Some poor defending by Dabang Delhi saw Pune race to a 14-8 lead. But, Prashant Chavan was a beast with his tackles in the right corner for the capital side.
Delhi finished the half on a high, executing a crucial super tackle. The towering, Selvamani then picked up two raid points in his first attempt to reduce the deficit.
HT- Puneri Paltan 15 - Dabang Delhi 13
Selvamani continued his hot streak in the second half. He took out Ravinder Pahal in a do or die raid to reduce Pune to three men. Meraj Sheykh then scored as he took out Nitin Tomar in spectacular fashion to make it 15-17. The Paltan were hanging on with great difficulty.
Deepak Hooda found himself in a do or die raid and did the damage to bring back another man on the mat. But the all-rounder was instantly at the receiving end. Meraj took him out in a do or die raid himself. Soon Pune were down to one and the score was equal at 18 each with ten minutes to go.
Delhi then inflicted their first all out and led 22-20. An intriguing tactical battle enthralled the capacity crowd inside NSCI stadium. Manjeet Chillar was in deep conversation with new signee, Ravinder Pahal. The conversation seemed to have worked as Pune went on a 3-0 scoring run to take a 23-22 lead with six minutes remaining.
But some wise defending ensured Dabang Delhi levelled the scores once again. Deepak Narwal then produced the raid of the match. He struggled but eventually took out three players in a super raid. Delhi were now in the lead, 27-26 with two minutes to go.
20 seconds to go, Meraj couldn’t score from a do or die raid as Manjeet and co. took him down. The match ended a tie – 27 each. The first of Pro Kabaddi season 4.
FT- Puneri Paltan 27- Dabang Delhi 27