It was sheer drama in the last match of the Delhi leg as the gallant efforts of home team Dabang Delhi went in vain as the match ended in a 45-45 draw.
It was their five-star raider Kashiling Adake who had to endure heartbreak as he was declared out after the buzzer raid following a video referral. He had failed to cross the baulk line and at the same time claimed a touch on Deepak Niwas Hudda which was denied post the TV review.
“I had touched the player and the referee thought otherwise and we should have got the point,” said Kashiling.
“But, not a problem, we will try to do well in the next match now and the good thing is that we still have chances to make it to the play-offs,” he added.
At half time, the Dabangs led 20-18 with an all-out (16-13) inflicted in the 15th minute. After watching the early proceedings nobody had expected a cliff-hanger of this magnitude.
In the end, Kabaddi won and Kashiling&’s name will remain in the record books and etched in the hearts of the spectators for a long time as he claimed 24 points himself out of 45, which is a record in Pro Kabaddi League.
Had Delhi won, they would have kept their chances alive. But, now they might have to wait for next year. The three points took them to 26 while the Titans at a tally of 45 are now right at the top, above U Mumba on superior point difference.