The Paltan Slay The Warrior In Their Own Den, Establish Themselves At The Fourth Place Of The League Table

Image Credits: PKL media

Image Credits: PKL media

Our Predictions: Puneri Paltan 52:46 Dabang Delhi

A CLASH OF THE TITANS saw two teams, Dabang Delhi and Puneri Paltan, vie for the semifinal position in the league. In the end it was Pune who came out on top, beating Delhi 39-34 at their own home venue.
Pune started off on a bright note with a clinical bonus point on the first raid of the match, getting ahead. Delhi hit back by Kashi getting a touch on Manjeet Chillar and Nitin Tomar getting tackled hard. 2-1.
A neck to neck battle commenced, as Deepak got a touch and got trapped to make things in Delhi’s favor before Selvamani got trapped by Pune defenders and Deepak got yet another touch to bring the team level again.
Meraj Sheykh ran a single point raid for Delhi then Anil Kumar pulled off a super tackle on Nitin Tomar. Pune’s lead was now down to 6-7. They replied by trapping Kashi and Deepak Niwas getting a touch. This reduced Delhi to only 1 man on the mat: Meraj Sheykh. And he got a point in the next raid after taking the bonus point.
Kashi got caught again and Deepak Niwas got a touch. The Dabang Delhi didn’t back down and began to crawl slowly back into the contest, thanks to back to back successful raids by Meraj. They trapped Tomar with Prashant Chavan’s super tackle. And by half-time, Pune had returned to a fighting deficit of 14-16.
But Pune carried on with their domination in the second half. Deepak Niwas got a touch again while and Meraj got caught. 27 minutes in, the score was 19-20, with Pune still in the lead.
Tomar’s raiding bad form continued as he got caught again. And Pune’s Deepak ran 3 back to back successful raids. The roar in the stadium was deafening, and Delhi were back within touching distance of their opponents, trailing 23-24 after the super tackle.
Pune hit back. Deepak got a touch and he managed to push Suresh Kumar out of the lobby with a desperate collective tackle. Delhi’s numbers were dwindling again, and the Puneri Paltans moved in for a second all-out swiftly. Deepak got a touch, then lone man Umesh Mhatre got trapped. Once again, Pune were convincingly in the lead, leading 27-34 with 5 minutes to spare.
And Delhi’s last-minute efforts to make a comeback fell well short. Kashi got trapped, and Manjeet Chillar stole a point to take the game out of the Dabang Delhi’ hand. It ended 39-34, with Puneri Paltan maintaining their solid form and successfully claiming the fourth spot of the points table with 37 points from 13 matches based on score difference.

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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 8 16 25 34 34
Puneri Paltan 9 14 26 39 39

Point tracker

Point Summary

Raid Strategies

Tackle Strategies

Dabang Delhi Raid Analysis

Puneri Paltan Raid Analysis

Players Who Spent Time On And Away From The Field

Time (min) Dabang Delhi Puneri Paltan
Best Field Time Meraj Sheykh Joginder Narwal
Worst Field Time Sachin Shingade Ravinder Pahal

Most Valuable Players Of The Match

Awards Player Team
Raider of the Match Deepak Hooda Puneri Paltan
Inspiring Defender of the Match Anil Kumar Dabang Delhi
Marathon Man on the Mat Deepak Hooda Puneri Paltan
Moment of the Match Deepak Hooda Puneri Paltan

*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.

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