PKL 2018: Dabang Delhi thumps Jaipur Pink Panthers 48-35

Meraj Sheykh, Naveen Kumar and Chandran Ranjit combined to score 33 points in Dabang Delhi's 48-35 win.

File photo: Chandran Ranjit (off the ground) was one of the top performers for Dabang Delhi in its 48-35 win over Jaipur Pink Panthers.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

Meraj Sheykh put in a fine show to guide Dabang Delhi to a convincing 48-35 win over Jaipur Pink Panthers in a ProKabaddi League (PKL) match here Friday.

It was a solid performance from Delhi as Meraj Sheykh (15), Naveen Kumar, (9) and Chandran Ranjit (9) combined to score 33 points.

Jaipur Pink Panthers never recovered from a slow start and couldn’t handle the intensity of Delhi’s performance.

Deepak Hooda put in a solid raiding performance and scored 20 points but his effort went in vain.

Sheykh got Dabang Delhi to a flying start with super raid in the first minute. Deepak got a couple of raid points as Pink Panthers trailed 3-4 after three minutes.

Naveen then made a two-point raid in the 4th minute to give Dabang Delhi a 6-4 lead.

Sheykh then produced another super raid in the 11th minute to help Delhi lead 15-7 after inflicting an all out.

Three minutes later, Dabang Delhi inflicted another all-out to gain a 25-8 advantage.

Pink Panthers’ defence had no answer to the raiding prowess of Sheykh and Chandran. It could score just one tackle point in the entire first half.

Sheykh got a super-10 in the first half as Dabang Delhi enjoyed a 19-point gap and led 29-10 at the break.

Delhi began the second half with a bang, inflicting another all-out in the 23rd minute to lead 33-11.

Ravinder Pahal and Joginder Narwal marshalled the Delhi defence brilliantly and didn’t let any Jaipur raider settle throughout the match.

Pink Panthers’ captain Anup Kumar too had a quiet match by his standards.

The visitor salvaged some pride in the second half, scoring 10 points in the first 10 minutes but still trailed 18-36.

Ajinkya Pawar recorded a two-point raid as Pink Panthers inflicted an all-out in the 32nd minute to trail 23-36.

Chandran got a two-point raid in the 36th minute to thwart any hope Jaipur had of a comeback even as Deepak kept picking raid points, including a super raid in the 40th minute.

Tamil Thalaivas ties with Patna Pirates

The second match of the evening was a gripping contest between Tamil Thalaivas and Patna Pirates, which tied 35-35. In a battle that seesawed both ways, Patna Pirates gained a share of the spoils.