The Pirates Steal A Last Minute Victory From Dabang Delhi In A Thrilling Clash
The Patna Pirates resisted a comeback from Dabang Delhi as they held on to secure a vital 32-31 victory in match 52 of Pro Kabaddi League season 4. With 52 points after twelve games, the men in green secured themselves a semi-final berth.
The roller-coaster began with Kashi picking up some early points for Dabang Delhii and Rajesh, Pardeep pulling in the same for Patna Pirates. The defenders also put in their shift, and the likes of Meraj, Pardeep and Selvamani got trapped. 9 minutes in, it was even-stevens at 6-6 with 1 important difference: Dabang Delhi were down to 3 men.
Usual suspect, PlayerNameTeamWon1 took out Ravinder Pahal in his very first raid. The Patna Pirates defence looked miserly. They left no stone unturned and pounced on the Pune raiders like hyenas- racing to a 4-1 lead inside four minutes.
Pardeep continued to dance his way past the Delhi army with ease. Narwal then pulled off a stupendous two-point raid under pressure- powering his way past the orange wall. Patna Pirates led 9-7 after eleven minutes.
Rajesh Mondal raided twice to take out Prashant and Sachin, leaving Meraj Sheykh alone on the mat. He was immediately unsuccessfully tackled as the Patna Pirates gave away the bonus and a crucial touch point in the do or die raid. This happened at least 3 times where Meraj was the lone ranger who pulled out Delhi from the brink of all out!!
Patna Pirates were now down to four but Rajesh and co. produced a massive final second tackle on Selvamani to end the half on a high.
At the start of the second half Patna Pirates really went for the kill. Pardeep ran four back to back successful raids and before Dabang Delhii knew it, they were down to 1 man on the mat. Vikash Khandolaa, the lone Dabang , went raiding and got trapped. The all-out was complete, and the score was 26-27 with 12 minutes to spare.
This time Anil and Fazel and Abolfazel pulled off a clever raid and a tackle to extend their lead. The number nine, executed another mind-boggling super raid. Patna Pirates now led 29-28 after thirt-six minutes.
Kashi ensured Delhi didn’t suffer another all out, picking up a couple of raid points in quick succession. But they crumbled once again courtesy Narwal’s supreme efficiency.
Eight minutes remaining and Patna Pirates slowed down the pace of the game considerably. But captain for the day, Meraj was in a hurry. He scored a well taken two-point raid to reduce Patna Pirates to two.Pardeep Narwal was then tackled and suddenly the Patna Pirates seemed no more invincible.
The final moments were frantic with Patna Pirates knowing they couldn’t rest on their lead now.
Kashi attempted a lone comeback with some steady, successful raids. He reduced the deficit to just one. But it wasn’t to be as Patna Pirates held on for a vital victory to secure a place in the semi-finals as they caught Kashi in the buzzer raid to win by a margin of 1 point.
Messy Fractals’s ringside view takes a closer look at the strategies used by players in the match.
Quarter Time View
We have divided 40 minutes of play time into 4 to look at which quarter belonged to whom.
|Time (min)||0-10||10-20||20-30||30-40||Final Score|
Dabang Delhi Raid Analysis
Players Who Spent Time On And Away From The Field
|Time (min)||Dabang Delhi||Patna Pirates|
|Best Field Time||Meraj Sheykh||Vijin Thangadurai|
|Worst Field Time||Vikash Khandola||Pardeep Narwal|
Most Valuable Players Of The Match
|Raider of the Match||Pardeep Narwal||Patna Pirates|
|Inspiring Defender of the Match||Meraj Sheykh||Dabang Delhi|
|Marathon Man on the Mat||Meraj Sheykh||Dabang Delhi|
|Moment of the Match||Meraj Sheykh||Dabang Delhi|
*Raider of the Match=Player who scored the maximum raid points,
Inspiring Defender of the Match= Player who scored the maximum tackle points,
Marathon Man on the Mat= Player who has spent the maximum time on the mat.