Dabang Delhi K.C. launched a stunning second half comeback to snatch victory against U.P. Yoddhas 44-42 in the second game of the evening at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Dabang Delhi K.C.'s Naveen Kumar (13 points) and Manjeet (12 points) starred for the winning team while Surender Gill picked up 21 points for the Yoddhas in a losing effort.
Billed as a clash between U.P. Yoddhas' record-breaking raider Pardeep Narwal and Dabang Delhi K.C.'s young phenomenon Naveen Kumar, the action did not disappoint. It was the Yoddhas’ defence that looked impenetrable in the early stages and had Dabang Delhi K.C. on the ropes. They initiated the first All-Out of the game with just seven minutes gone to take a 11-4 lead.
Gill constantly picked up points for the Yoddhas and ensured they built on their commanding lead. At 18-10 they inflicted another All-Out, making it seem like the contest was all but over, with barely a quarter of the game gone.
And yet, the defending champions kept chipping away with Naveen constantly getting bonus points with almost every raid. In the dying seconds of the first half, Manjeet pulled off a Super Raid to ensure his team had reduced the deficit going into half time.
Manjeet's Super Raid galvanised his team and they went into the second half a different unit completely, dominating the proceedings from the word go. U.P. Yoddhas' blushes were saved only because of the brilliance of Surender Gill, whose two successful raids as the last man on the mat ensured his team didn't initially suffer an All-Out.
Eventually though, the All-Out did come and helped Dabang Delhi K.C. get back into the game. From thereon, Naveen came alive, catching the Yoddhas’ defenders out with almost every raid. Soon after, Dabang Delhi K.C. executed another All-Out to give his team the lead at 37-36.
Thereafter, the two teams kept trading the lead. However, two crucial errors right at the end, first by Gill and a second by Pardeep Narwal, ensured that Dabang Delhi K.C. pulled off a spectacular comeback to keep their winning streak in Season 9 alive.
Best Raider - Surender Gill (21 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Ashu Singh (4 Tackle Points)
Dabang Delhi K.C.
Best Raider - Naveen Kumar (13 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Vishal (4 Tackle Points)
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