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PKL 2018: Dabang Delhi Settle for a 37-37 tie with Jaipur Pink Panthers

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In one of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League matches on Thursday, Dabang Delhi played out a thrilling 37-37 draw versus Jaipur Pink Panthers at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula. Dabang Delhi had controlled most of the match but was poor in the defending department in the last few minutes of the game. Some unnecessary tackles by Delhi led to raid points for the Jaipur raiders in the end.

While Selvamani’s four-point raid was the heroic moment of the match, Sandeep Dhull displayed huge strength and high fitness levels to score 6 tackle points. Selvamani scored maximum 11 points, while Deepak Hooda scored 8 points and Ajinkya  Pawar contributed with 7 points for Jaipur Pink Panthers. For Dabang Delhi, Chandran Ranjit scored maximum 11 points and Pawan Kumar Kadian clinched 9 points.

First Half

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Dabang Delhi made a solid start and was leading 5-0 after four minutes as they picked up a couple of raid and tackle points. A super tackle in the 5th minute of the game opened Jaipur Pink Panthers’ account. Panthers were kept alive in the match because of their defence as they forced another super tackle in the 8th minute of the game to level the match at 6-6.

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Dabang Delhi took the lead once again, as they inflicted an all-out in the 11th minute to lead 11-7. Selvamani’s super raid in the 13th minute brought Jaipur Pink Panthers back in the match once again. It was a see-saw kind of a match with Jaipur Pink Panthers reducing the gap every time Dabang Delhi threatened to run away with the match. Ajinkya Pawar’s a couple of point raid in the 17th minute reduced the gap to one point as at the end of the first half Dabang Delhi were leading 18-17.

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Second Half

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Pawan Kadian scored a super raid in the 21st minute to give Dabang Delhi 21-18 lead. But Selvamani’s brilliant four-point raid in the 24th minute got Jaipur Pink Panthers back in the match once again.

With five minutes to go, Jaipur Pink Panthers were trailing by five points when Ajinkya Pawar made a two-point raid to cut the gap to three. In the 38th minute, Jaipur Pink Panthers inflicted an all-out as they trailed 35-36 and in the next minute, Deepak Hooda levelled the match with a successful raid.

Jaipur Pink Panthers finished their home leg and stayed second from the bottom with 43 points from 21 games. They are out of the playoff race. Meanwhile, Dabang Delhi has already qualified for their first ever Pro Kabaddi League Playoffs with 63 points from 21 matches.

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Sharad Chitalkar
An E & TC Engineer by degree from PCCOE Pune, a Writer by choice and a Generalist beyond archetype. Curious, Lyrical, Musical, Reflective and Sportive. Likes reading, writing, playing chess, watching sports channels and listening to music. Keen to be always aware of world current affairs. Inspired by contribution spirit and guided by knowledge. Happy and Grateful to be part of sportive KreedOn team where everyone is united and committed to improving Indian Sports Ecosystem.


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