Dabang Delhi Crush Puneri Paltan's Playoff Hopes
The League leaders Dabang Delhi KC have secured their direct entry into the semi-finals with a thumping 60-40 win over Puneri Paltan in a lop-sided Pro Kabaddi League match at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium on Sunday.
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Delhi extinguish Pune in a 100 point high scoring encounter
Naveen Kumar was once again the star for the Delhi outfit as the young raider picked up his 17th consecutive "Super 10". He also became the fastest player to secure 400 raid points in the match. Delhi, as expected, started on an aggressive note with their Naveen looking unstoppable. The 19-year-old displayed a flawless performance and picked points at will, pulling out all the acrobatic moves in the process as the Delhi side inflicted an "All-Out" on Pune in the 7th minute of the match. The Anup Kumar-coached side who are all but out of contention for the playoffs missed the services of their star raider Pankaj Mohite, who missed out due to fever.
Meanwhile, Delhi's star defender Ravinder Pahal completed his 50 Tackle points in the season. Delhi secured their second 'All-Out' at 13th minute in the first half to open a 14-point lead. Manjeet was once again the only positive player on the mat for Pune but his valiant efforts were not enough. The first half ended 30-16 in favor of the Dabang Delhi.
Dabang Delhi K.C. scored the most points by a team in Vivo PKL7 by reaching the 60-point mark.
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The Second half turned out to be much of the same with Delhi dominating the proceeding in all departments. Chandran Ranjit secured his "Super 10" as the Delhi clinched another 'All-Out' at the 31st minute of the second half to all but seal the match. Balasaheb Jadhav got a high 5 for Pune but it eventually led to another "All-Out" with slightly more than five minutes remaining in the match. Pune's loss meant their hopes of a playoff berth ended while Delhi ensured they remain in the top two of the league irrespective of whatever happens in the remaining matches.
Last encounter: Puneri Paltan and Dabang Delhi: Naveen Kumar's brilliance stands out too good for Paltans | 30-32
Match Preview: Puneri Paltans looking to get back to winning ways against Delhi!!
In the first double-header of the day, Puneri Paltan have a mountainous task at their hands as they take on league-leaders Dabang Delhi KC at Tau Devilal sports complex in Panchkula. With 3 games at their disposal, Pune will have to win every match in a bid to qualify for knockouts while the Delhi franchise will be keen to consolidate their position at the top. With both these sides met earlier this season, Delhi won 32-30 and will be keen on maintaining their momentum.
Head to head: Puneri Paltan vs Dabang Delhi