Kolkata, December 23: Bengal Warriors’ unbeaten run in their home leg came to an end as they lost 37-31 to Dabang Delhi in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League on Sunday.
Meraj Sheykh (13 points) was the star for Delhi as he produced a super raid in the last minute to lead them to a win. Maninder Singh top scored for Bengal Warriors with 9 points.
Both teams have already sealed a spot in the playoffs. Dabang Delhi finished the league campaign with 68 points from their stipulated 22 matches.
Maninder Singh got Bengal Warriors to a flying start with a super raid in the first minute to lead 3-0. Dabang Delhi recovered from the early shock and fought back to lead 4-3 after four minutes.
.@BengalWarriors' fine home run was halted by Meraj Sheykh & co. whose inspired performance saw @DabangDelhiKC notch up a fine last-minute victory in #KOLvDEL.— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) December 23, 2018
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The first half saw both teams going hard for victory and it was close affair. Maninder Singh scored with a two-point raid in the 11th minute to give Bengal 10-8 lead. A costly mistake by Bengal Warrior’s defence leveled the match 10-10 after 12 minutes.
Sheykh helped Dabang Delhi inflict an all out with a two-point raid in the 16th minute. It took Bengal Warriors 19 minutes to score their first tackle point of the match. A laidback defensive performance meant that Bengal Warriors went into the break trailing at 14-20 at half time.
Warriors made a strong start to the second half. They inflicted an all out and scored 8 points in six minutes to level the match at 22-22 after 26 minutes. With both teams neck and neck there were a slew of empty raids as neither wanted to commit any silly errors.
In the 33rd minute Meraj Sheykh came up with a two-point raid to give Dabang Delhi 26-24 lead. Sheykh followed it up with another two-point raid as he completed his super 10 and give Delhi 28-24 lead. Bengal Warriors forced a super tackle in the 37th minute to make it a one-point game.
Bengal Warriors forced a super tackle in the 39th minute to tie the match at 31-31. Meraj Sheykh produced a super raid in the last minute to win the match for Dabang Delhi.
Source: Press Release