An inspired second half performance by Bharat powered Bengaluru Bulls to yet another comeback victory in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 as they defeated Dabang Delhi K.C. 52-49 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Bharat's scarcely believable 23 points, the most by a raider in a single game this season, were supported by Vikash Kandola's 10 as the Bulls earned a valuable win.
Dabang Delhi K.C.'s Naveen Kumar registered a mere two points in the first half, but around him everyone thrived. Ashu Malik and Vijay Malik ran riot through a porous Bulls defence, racking up touch points with ease. At the other end, Amit Hooda and Vishal were exemplary in containing Bharat and Vikash Kandola and the defence was chiefly responsible for the huge gap in points.
The team from the capital city registered its first All-Out of the evening within eight minutes of the start to go into a 13-7 lead. The pattern continued and with five minutes left in the half, they inflicted a second All-Out to surge into a 13-point lead. However, the Bulls' Kandola pulled off a Super Raid on Sandeep Dhull, Vishal and Ravi Kumar just before halftime, but Dabang Delhi K.C. still held the lead at 25-16 at the break.
The Bulls raced out of the blocks in the second period and inflicted an All-Out of their own to cut down the lead to 27-18. At the key moments though Dabang Delhi K.C. kept the pressure on as they got their third All-Out of the evening to take back a 10-point lead.
The final five minutes were a frenzy of points and the Bulls who are famed for their comebacks this season, stayed true to form. Bharat, in particular, was sensational, picking up multiple points with almost every raid, and single-handedly destroying Dabang Delhi K.C.'s lead.
The Bulls inflicted another All-Out with three minutes left to cut the lead down to three. From there the momentum shifted. With 90 seconds left on the clock, the Bulls inflicted another All-Out to go into a 51-46 lead and it was the first time they did so in the game. The Bulls held on to the lead for the rest of the match to earn a valuable victory.
Dabang Delhi K.C.
Best Raider - Vijay Malik (14 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Vishal (5 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Bharat (23 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Mahender Singh (4 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.