Star raider Naveen Kumar once again was on the money for home side Dabang Delhi as they beat UP Yoddha 36-27 in the second Pro Kabaddi League match at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, New Delhi on Sunday.
The 19-year-old raider picked up a Super 10 (16 points), the seventh consecutive time he has hit the milestone this season, as Dabang picked up an important victory that kept their 100 per cent win at home intact and pushed them to the top of the Season 7 points table.
The closely contested first-half ended 15-11 in favour of the home side.
Naveen Kumar, for Delhi, and Goyat, for UP, both raiders from Bhiwani (Haryana) were having a great day on the mat for their sides but Delhi’s defence marshalled by Ravinder Pahal and Vishal Mane proved to slightly better than Yoddha’s defence as Delhi opened up a healthy seven-point lead six minutes into the second half.
Pahal picked his and the team’s first High 5 of the season as the home side stamped their authority on the match. But the game belonged to Delhi’s young raider-in-chief though and it was hardly surprising to see Naveen Kumar be in the thick of things as Delhi forced another All-Out on UP with five minutes remaining in the match.
The raid also helped Naveen cross the 100-point mark in Season 7 (the second raider to do so after Bengaluru Bulls’ Pawan Sehrawat) and open up an 11-point gap.
A four-point Super Raid by substitute Devadiga with less than four minutes remaining led to a tense end to the match but Naveen Kumar made sure there would be no let-offs with a few important raids in ending minutes. UP were found wanting despite a Super 10 by Goyat and would be looking to tighten their defence going forward.
Before this match at the same venue, Bengaluru Bulls had defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers 41-30. For Bulls, Rohit Kumar amassed the highest 13 points (10 raid points and 3 bonus) and took his side home.
(With inputs from IANS)