Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Season 5 : Five talking points from Day 45 of PKL
The last time they met this season, Dabang Delhi got the better of Jaipur. However, the Panthers ensured they kept their playoff dreams alive with a thoroughly dominating win over the capital side in Sunday's first Pro Kabaddi League encounter.
The second match saw home side, Patna Pirates take on a resurgent Bengal Warriors. They played out what was largely an evenly contested affair. Both sides were complacent at the back but Patna's Monu Goyat, Pardeep Narwal and Bengal's Maninder Singh and Deepak Narwal were responsible for a thriller in Ranchi which eventually ended in a draw. All four of them scored super 10's.
Let's take a look at the major talking points from Sunday's games.
#1 Jaipur's Nitin Rawal opens the floodgates
We're approaching the business end of the tournament and it was evident in the manner in which Jaipur and Delhi approached the game. Raiders from both sides were extremely hesitant to take risks in the opening minutes of the match. It was a cagey affai,r to say the least.
Jaipur's Pawan Kumar and Delhi's Rohit Baliyan struggled to carve openings but Nitin Rawal's monstrous super raid which resulted in an all out on the capital side, opened the floodgates in the first half. Post that, Jaipur's raiders seemed much more at ease. In their pursuit to reduce the deficit, Delhi's raiders too began to act proactively and breathed life into the game.
However, the Dabangs were utterly disappointing at the back, consistently conceding cheap points. To put things into perspective, Pardeep Narwal alone has score more raid points than the entire Jaipur unit. Despite which, their raiders looked menacing against Delhi. It speaks volumes about Delhi's disjointed back line.