In a vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 game that turned on its head in the final minutes, Dabang Delhi K.C. and Tamil Thalaivas played out an enthralling 37-37 tie to share the points. Dabang Delhi K.C.'s talisman Naveen Kumar (15 points) and Tamil Thalaivas’ star raider Narender (14 points) were the top performers of the evening at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Dabang Delhi K.C. started the game off strong, and despite Naveen Kumar's early struggles, they had managed to notch up an early lead. In the early exchanges, it was their defence that was working perfectly. And yet, Tamil Thalaivas soon took control, doing everything just that little bit better, whether it be raiding or defending. On their end too, their star raider Narender struggled, only for their defence to bail him out.
The variety of raiding options helped Tamil Thalaivas inflict the first All-Out of the evening to take a 13-8 lead. Suddenly, the pressure had been released and Narender took charge, notching up five points in the final seven minutes as Tamil Thalaivas went into the break leading 20-15.
Stung after the first period, a much-improved Dabang Delhi K.C. came out for the second half all guns blazing. Even Naveen, who had been contained in the first period, started scoring regular points to draw his team closer. With momentum on their side, Dabang Delhi K.C. started getting more out of every play. A Super Tackle by Ashu Malik on Narender drew them level with 10 minutes to go.
Over the next four minutes though, Tamil Thalaivas turned the tide, scoring seven unanswered points to inflict a second All-Out on Dabang Delhi K.C. and edge ahead again. The last five minutes were a treat for the fans as Dabang Delhi K.C. were reliant on quick raids and Tamil Thalaivas were intent on eating up time. Dabang Delhi K.C. got their first All-Out of the game in the final 30 seconds to draw level at 36-36. The last moments saw the two teams trade blows, but they had to be content with sharing the spoils.
Dabang Delhi K.C.
Best Raider - Naveen Kumar (15 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sandeep Dhull (3 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Narender (14 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Arpit Saroha (3 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.