Bengal Warriors registered the biggest win margin in Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2019) history when it beat UP Yoddha by a whopping 31 points at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.
Warriors' 48-17 win was studded with a superb performance from PKL debutant Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, who overcame a false start when he was 'self-out’ with his first raid, to cap a Super-10 from 11 raids. And, with captain Maninder Singh and K. Prapanjan joining the party, there was little UP Yoddha's defence could do as the Warriors raiders picked up points at will.
The Bengal side was slow to get off the blocks and slipped to an early three-point deficit to start with. Maninder, who was not as flamboyant as the other big names in his raids, was efficient with four points in the first half. The Warriors defence, with Rinku Narwal and Baldev Siingh being exceptional, was equal to the task backing their raiders, though Jeeva Kumar’s over-enthusiastic tackles saw him concede a couple of points.
Just when it looked to be a close contest with the scores tied six-all at one stage in first-half, Bengal Warriors scored the first All Out of the game to race to a 11-7 lead and Maninder went on to extend the lead to 13-8. K. Prapanjan also chipped in with regular points and Bengal Warriors lead 17-9 at the break.
On resumption, Bengal Warriors went on the offensive, scoring 18 points in the first nine minutes which included the second All Out and also a Super Raid from Nabibakhsh.
The Iranian completed his Super 10 soon after, helped inflict another All Out and led Bengal Warriors to a landslide victory.
- Dabang Delhi sneaks past Telugu Titans -
The second match of the day saw Dabang Delhi claim a tense 34-33 win over home side Telugu Titans. The game belonged to the Suraj Desai, Siddharth Desai's brother, who scored a mammoth 18 points, a record for the most points scored by a debutant in the PKL history.
However, his exploits did not prove to be enough as Dabang Delhi's Naveen Kumar stole the show.
Younsgter Naveen ensured his side remained on top as he claimed a stunning 14 points, and the defence led by captain Ravinder Pahal combined extremely well to condemn Titans to a third successive loss.
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