Haryana Steelers produced an accomplished team effort to register a 34-27 win over Dabang Delhi in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 match here Sunday. Vikas Kandola was the star performer as he scored 10 points and was ably supported by Naveen, who chipped in with five points.
Dabang Delhi’s Naveen Kumar scored 10 raid points but his effort went in vain with the lack of enough support from his defence.
It was a morale boosting win for Haryana Steelers as it climbed up the table in Zone A.
Haryana Steelers got off to a quick start to lead 2-0 after two minutes but Naveen Kumar levelled the match for Dabang Delhi with a two-point raid.
It was a quiet first 10 minutes as both the sides seemed to be measuring each other.
Haryana Steelers was trailing 5-7 and its star raider Monu Goyat was struggling to put points on the board.
Vikas Kandola got the bulk of the raid points for Haryana Steelers in the first half.
After 15 minutes, both the teams were locked in a tight battle with scores level at 9-9.
Monu Goyat opened his account in the 17th minute to give Haryana Steelers a 12-9 lead.
At the end of the first half, Haryana Steelers led 13-10 with Dabang Delhi still very much in the game.
Vikas Kandola made a two-point raid at the start of the second half as Haryana extended its lead to 17-10.
Haryana Steelers inflicted the first all-out of the match in the 25th minute to lead 23-15. Naveen Kumar had an excellent raiding performance for Dabang Delhi as he consistently put points on the board.
After 30 minutes, Haryana Steelers was in the driving seat as it led 27-18.
Haryana Steelers held its nerve and composure in the last five minutes and was a worthy winner in the end.
Patna Pirates edges Bengaluru Bulls
Patna edged Bengaluru 35-32 in the other fixture on Sunday. From being 35-27 down, Bengaluru fought back to make it 35-32 and inject some excitement into the contest. However, with just 22 seconds left then, Patna was able to close out the match. Bengaluru remains top of Zone B with 47 points, followed by Patna in second place with 43 points.