Reigning vivo Pro Kabaddi MVP Naveen Kumar continued where he left off last season, scoring 16 points to guide Dabang Delhi K.C. to a 41-30 victory over Puneri Paltan. All-rounder Vijay chipped in eight points for Delhi, while Nitin Tomar led the Paltan with seven points.
The Paltan were the early aggressors and led early in the game. But five quick raid points from Naveen reduced the Paltan down to just one player on the mat. Manjeet Chillar’s first tackle point of the season helped Delhi inflict the game’s first All Out and take a 10-5 lead.
Nitin Tomar and Rahul Chaudhari tried to spark a comeback, but Delhi’s corners Sandeep Narwal and Joginder Narwal sent the Paltan’s raiding duo to the bench. Naveen continued to haunt the Paltan’s defence and Delhi soon inflicted another All Out to extend their lead to 11.
The Paltan finished the half stronger, courtesy of three raid points from Tomar and a couple of strong tackles from their defence, as the teams headed into the break with Delhi leading 22-15.
With Naveen on the bench, the Paltan cranked up the heat in the second half and inflicted an All Out to cut Delhi’s lead to just four. Naveen re-emerged from the bench and picked up a couple of points to complete his 22nd straight Super 10 in vivo PKL and help Delhi put some daylight between themselves and the Paltan on the scoreboard.
The Naveen Express kept chugging along and added three more points to his tally, reducing the Paltan down to just Rahul Chaudhari on the mat. Delhi’s defence pinned the Showman down to inflict a third All Out on the Paltan and take a 37-26 lead.
Naveen added a couple of more points to his tally before the clock ran out, confirming a winning start to Delhi’s campaign.
Dabang Delhi K.C.
Best Raider – Naveen Kumar (15 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Sandeep Narwal (3 Tackle Points)
Best Raider – Nitin Tomar (7 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Sombir (2 Tackle Points)