Pune: Recovering from their defeat against Puneri Paltan, Dabanag Delhi defeated Bengaluru Bulls 29-27 in a keenly-contested match of the Pro Kabaddi League at the the Balewadi Sports Complex, here on Thursday.
After a 40-minute display of gravity defying stunts and hair raising tackles, and a bout of surprises, it was the Dabang`s from Delhi who stole the spotlight.
Dabang Delhi overcame from last night`s defeat and prevailed over the Bangaolre outfit in a match that went down to the wire.
Winning the toss, Dabang skipper Jasmer Singhchose to defend from the right.
The Delhi outfit raced ahead from the onset, taking a 4-0 lead by the fifth minute. Delhi continued its assault as they took down Bangalore captain Manjit Chillar, setting themselves up for the first set of lona points.
It wasn`t long until the Bulls were reduced as Ajay Thakur, who even with his lightning kicks couldn`t save Bengaluru from an all-out in the ninth minute.
Back on the mat, and trailing by six points, the Bulls regrouped and started on the long road to a comeback.
In what seemed like a solid 10 minutes of trading points, the Bulls slowly gained the upper hand, closing the gap to four points and bringing Dabang Delhi down to four players at the 19th minute.
As the second half began, the Bengaluru Bulls came out even more charged up as they started to close-in on the point difference, reducing Delhi to just two players in the 25th minute, putting the threat of an all-out on the horizon.
But it was not to be as Delhi bounced back with a successful raid from Pakistani Ehsan Fard, preserving their lead by five points at the 30th minute.
Suddenly, Ajay Thakur brought the streak to an end, scoring a two point raid and preparing the field for Manjit, who in a fantastic raid outsmarted the Delhi defence, escaping the grapple of Ravinder Singh and tagging Ehsan Fard on the way home for an amazing all out.
Thus, with five minutes to go, the score was set at 22-24, with Dabang Delhi maintaining the lead. Then two merciless tackles from the Delhi side widened the gap to 22-26 and had the Bulls on their toes, exemplified by a two-man tackle of Kashiling Adanke.
This was followed by a two point raid by Manjit Chillar, tying the score at 27 all with only 60 seconds remaining.
With the win on the line, Dabang Delhi once again came back in full force, and with two thundering tackles took the game with a score of 29-27.