Dabang Delhi K.C. earned a much-needed 30-27 victory over Patna Pirates in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday. In a game where defenders took centre stage for both sides, Dabang Delhi K.C.'s Vishal and Amit Hooda scored 5 tackle points each, while Patna Pirates’ Mohammadreza Chiyaneh set the record for most tackle points in a single game (16 points) in league history.
Vijay Malik picked up a few raid points as Dabang Delhi K.C. took the lead at 9-3 in the 7th minute. The Pirates were on the verge of getting All-Out, but they tackled Naveen Kumar and stayed afloat. Dabang Delhi K.C. had more opportunities to pick up an All-Out, but Ranjit Naik in the raiding department and Mohammadreza Chiyaneh in defence kept them at bay. The Pirates carried out a Super Tackle in the 16th minute and reached within touching distance of Dabang Delhi K.C.'s score at 10-12. Naveen found it difficult to breach the opposition defence, but the team from the capital city managed to stay in the lead at 14-12 at the break.
The Pirates hung in there and eventually levelled the score at 14-14 in the 24th minute. Neeraj Kumar and Chiyaneh pulled off a Super Tackle in the 27th minute and helped the Pirates take the lead at 17-16. The defensive duo carried out another Super Tackle soon after as the Pirates kept forging ahead.
However, the Dabang Delhi K.C. defence also showcased top form by not allowing the Pirates to pull ahead with a big lead. But, Neeraj and Chiyaneh kept carrying out tackles and helped the Pirates stay in the lead at 21-19 in the 33rd minute. Dabang Delhi K.C. finally managed to inflict an All-Out in the 34th minute and regained the lead at 23-22.
Dabang Delhi K.C.’s defensive unit then carried out a couple of fantastic tackles to help their team extend their lead at 27-23 in the 37th minute. Chiyaneh and Gulia picked up raid points in the last few minutes of the match, but Dabang Delhi K.C.'s raider Vijay Malik ensured that his team walked off the mat as winners of the match.
Dabang Delhi K.C.
Best Raider - Vijay Malik (7 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Amit Hooda (5 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Mohammadreza Chiyaneh (3 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Mohammadreza Chiyaneh (16 Tackle Points)
Where to watch vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 LIVE?
Catch all the LIVE action from vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 on the Star Sports Network and LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.