Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Season 5: Five talking points from Day 53 of PKL 5
The Inter-Zone Challenge week saw more teams strengthen their case for a spot in the super playoffs that are inching closer with every passing match. The first game of the night saw the Telugu Titans take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers while the second match saw the home team Dabang Delhi up against the UP Yoddha.
Helped by Rahul Chaudhari's sparkling 16-point performance, Telugu Titans put their name in the hat as contenders for the playoffs by registering a clinical win over the Panthers who badly missed the services of Jasvir Singh on the night.
On the other hand, Delhi were no competition for UP Yoddha who romped home to a massive win, humiliating Delhi in front of their home crowd. Here are five talking points from the day.
#1 Pawan on a different planet
How many times in the Pro Kabaddi League has a player picked his Super 10 with his team's score just 12? That’s how lonely Pawan Kumar was in his struggle against Telugu Titans on Wednesday. On his raids, he looked even better than Rahul Chaudhari but was continuously let down by his fellow raiders and defenders.
The Jaipur defence was woeful on the night and kept gifting points to Chaudhari with rookie errors. Back from injury, Selvamani also disappointed and Tushar Patil did not help his cause, putting in some unsuccessful raids. But in a world far, far away, Pawan just kept going with his brilliant raiding.
Some support came his way when captain Chhillar decided to unleash young Nitin Rawal on the opposition in the second half. However, it was a case of too little too late. Eventually, Kumar finished with 17 points, one more than what Rahul Chaudhari could accrue. The win, however, belonged to Chaudhari and not Pawan.