Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the ProKabaddi fixture between Dabang Delhi vs Puneri Paltan in Hyderabad on Saturday.
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The first game is underway, scores will read as Delhi vs Puneri:
FULL-TIME UPDATE: Puneri Paltan beat Dabang Delhi 47-44.
44-47 Akash Shinde goes in the do-or-die raid, which also will be the last raid of this game with 16 seconds left in the clock, and he first makes sure to consume 16 seconds and then goes to attempts for a bonus, and he has sealed the deal for Pune with the touchpoint of Anil Kumar. Puneri wins this one to regain the top spot. Dabang put themselves in a dangerous position, taking only 1 point from the game.
44-46 Naveen goes in the raid with less than 20 seconds on the clock and comes back with the touchpoint of Nabibaksh. A miscalculation by Delhi as there is;t much time left to do anything remarkable.
43-46 Naveen escapes taking the touchpoint of Abinesh Nadarajan to reduce the gap.
42-46 A bonus for Nabi but this time he has been dashed out as Delhi gets an all-out with two minutes to go.
39-45 Naveen picks Sombir to reduce Puneri with Nabibaksh, once again.
38-45 Poor from Delhi as Nabibaksh, the last man for Puneri goes back with a touchpoint and a bonus.
38-43 Naveen Kumar goes in the raid in front of the three-man defence of Pune. Naveen comes back with two points of Abhinesh Nadarajan and Sanket.
36-43 Akash Shinde goes in the raid and he has been ushered off by Anil Kumar.
35-43 Ashu Malik goes in the raid, and Fazel attempts for a double ankle hold Ashu manages to escape and put his hand close to the midline, but he has been pushed back by the remaining players. The umpires gave the decision in favour of Puneri but hold on, the refs have reversed their decision and the point is now being given to Ashu.
34-43 Ashu Malik with a multi-point raid to reduce the lead to single digit as he picks up Sombir, Pankaj Mohite.
32-43 A bonus for Akash Shinde in the do-or-die raid.
32-42 Naveen Kumar takes a bonus but at the same time, he has been tackled by Sanket Sawant.
31-41 Abhinesh makes an error as he advances for a premature tackle and Ashu goes back with his point.
30-41 A bonus for Delhi, but Manjeet has been ushered off as Puneri inflicts a third all-out on Delhi. This is brutality by Puneri.
29-38 Pankaj Mohite completes his Super-10 as he picks up Ravi Kumar and he will get another point here as Naveen Kumar goes out of bounds.
29-36 A Super raid from the last man standing - Naveen to bring two men on the court for Delhi as he gets a bonus along with the touchpoints of Sombir and Sanket Sawant.
26-36 Pankaj takes the touchpoint of Vijay Malik to leave Delhi with only Naveen on the mat as Delhi is close to getting all-out third time in this game.
26-35 A bonus for Naveen Kumar.
25-35 Super raid from Akash Shinde to remove Vishal, Ashu Malik and Krishan in a single raid.
25-32 A bonus for Ashu Malik, but Puneri reviews it for no bouns, but they will lose this review.
24-32 Pankaj Mohite touches Ravi, and the defence of Delhi looks clueless here as Puneri is running away in this game.
24-31 Akash Shinde gets a tag on Vijay Kumar.
24-30 A bonus for Manjeet, but Abinesh Nadarajan tackles him to inflict another all-out.
23-27 Pankaj picks Vishal this time to push Delhi near to a second all-out within no time.
23-26 A bonus for Manjeet.
22-26 Fazel instructs Pankaj Mohite to attempt a running hand touch, but only attack one, and he did the same as he picks Krishan with a running hand touch.
22-25 Shinde removes Sandeep via a running hand touch.
22-24 Ashu goes in the do-or-die raid and it is Sombir who advances to get rid of Ashu by tackling him for a point.
22-23 A very timely back kick by Akash Shinde to send Vijay Malik out.
22-22 A brilliant back hold by Krishan to tackle Pankaj Mohite to level the scores.
21-22 Naveen has been tackled by Abinesh Nadarajan just at the stroke of halftime.
20-21 Akash Shinde gets another point, and picks up Vishal.
20-20 Abinesh Nadarajan tackles Vijay Malik to inflict an all-out of Dabang in return to restore parity. Cracking match!
20-17 Akash Shinde goes in the raid and he picks two out of three defenders. Vishal and Sandeep Dhull go out as Delhi is closer to getting all out with one man on the mat for them.
20-15 Vijay Malik along with Sandeep Dhull tackles Mohammad Nabibaksh and this is a powerful tackle by this duo! A SUPER TACKLE in fact.
18-15 A bonus for Vijay Malik to deny a point in the do-or-die raid.
17-15 Pankaj gets a big fish this time, make sure to send Ashu Malik out with a tag.
17-14 Pankaj gets another point in the raid as he gets a tag on Ravi Kumar.
17-13 Abinesh Nadarajan tackles Naveen Kumar who came in the do-or-die raid.
16-12 Akash Shinde picks Amit Hooda in the raid.
16-11 Pankaj Mohite picks up Vishal along with a bonus.
16-9 Naveen Kumar goes in the raid, and it’s a multi-point raid for Naveen to send Mohammad Nabibakhsh and Abinesh Nadarajan out.
14-9 Amit Hooda has been picked again in the defence, this time Akash Shinde got his touch.
14-8 Ashu, in return gets the touchpoint of Sombir.
13-8 Pankaj picks Amit Hooda.
13-7 Akash Shinde has been tackled by Ravi Kumar after giving him the bonus to inflict the first all-out of the game.
10-6 Naveen touches Pankaj Mohite to reduce Puneri with one man on the court.
9-6 A bonus for Akash Shinde.
9-5 Naveen goes in the raid and picks Gaurav Khatri this time.
8-5 Points are coming in bulk for both teams in the raid as Ashu Malik picks Sanket Sawant this time.
7-5 Pankaj Mohite comes in the raid and picks up Ravi Kumar. This a solid point to reduce the gap.
7-4 Naveen picks Abinesh Nadarajan in the raid.
6-4 A bonus for Pankaj Mohite.
6-3 Naveen goes in the raid and he has been tackled by Fazel. Hold on, a twist is coming up, Fazel has to go out as he goes out of bounds and was involved in the struggle, so the point which belonged to Puneri, goes to Dabang! Naveen stays on the court.
5-3 Nabibaksh in the raid and he picks up Ravi Kumar by running hand touch.
5-2 Ashu tags Sombir this time to send him out.
4-2 Bonus for Akash Shinde in the do-or-die raid but he has been ushered off by Vishal.
3-1 Ashu Malik sends Pankaj Mohite out via a running hand touch.
2-1 A bonus for Naveen Kumar.
1-1 Vijay Malik comes in for the first raid for Delhi but has been tackled while attempting a bonus. He goes away with a bonus though.
Puneri Paltan won the toss, and Dabang Delhi will raid first.
Stay tuned as the live-action is coming up to you, very soon!
Puneri Paltan defeated Dabang Delhi 43-38 in the previous encounter on 1st November.
Dabang Delhi: Naveen Kumar
Puneri Paltan: Pankaj Mohite
Dabang Delhi: Naveen Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Vishal, Ashu Malik, Vijay Malik, Amit Hooda, Sandeep Dhull
Puneri Paltan: Pankaj Mohite, Abhinesh Nadarajan, Sanket Sawant, Mohammad Nabibaksh, Akash Shinde, Sombir, Fazel Atrachali
Played: 19 | Dabang Delhi: 8 | Puneri Paltan: 10 | Tied: 1
Dabang Delhi has looked determined to make it to the Playoffs of the PKL Season 9 and they have secured nine wins, faced nine losses and a tie so far. Naveen Express is firing on all cylinders and has scored 209 raid points. Ashu Malik has shared his captain’s workload with 123 raid points. Vijay Malik and Manjeet have also contributed 60 and 55 raid points so far. In defence, Vishal has been the pick of the defenders for Dabang Delhi Krishan has been the helping hand for Vishal with 33 tackle points. They have also got the likes of Sandeep Dhull and Ravi Kumar who will look to make it count with their defensive skills.
PKL 9, week - 8; raiding form, team performance and the race to the knockouts - we’ve discussed it all in our weekly Pro Kabaddi League live stream. Check out the full stream below:
Puneri Paltan, on the other hand, has been one of the teams to watch out for this season with 12 wins, five losses and two ties. Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat have been an exceptional raiding pair for the Paltan with 138 and 120 raid points respectively. Akash Shinde has also been impressive with 102 raid points. Defensively, Fazel Atrachali has been clinical for the Paltan with 47 tackle points and Sombir has complimented his captain with 34 tackle points. Sankat Sawant and Abinesh Nadarajan have also been decent in defence with 26 and 22 tackle points.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
The Dabang Delhi vs Puneri Paltan Pro Kabaddi Season 9 game will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 7:30 PM onwards on Saturday, December 3.