A clinical Bengal Warriors on Sat closed their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title by beating Dabang Delhi 39-34 in a pulsating climax clash here. Bengal Warriors Beat Dabang Delhi
Naveen Kumar was excellent once again with 18 raid times for Dabang Delhi, but uncharacteristic mistakes cost their title dreams in front of a full audience,
including Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, at the EKA Arena by TransStadia.
The Bengal Warriors did not hold the help of star raider and captain Maninder Singh but received support with his appearance as assistant coach of the team in the last match of Season Seven.
The pressure of the final went to the Warriors in the first minutes as Delhi stormed to a 6-0 lead. Naveen Kumar surely looked filled up for the game while Delhi’s cover order of Anil Kumar,
Vishal Mane also appeared keen to stop any raider coming their way.
The Delhi side held they’re All-Out in the 8th minute to open a four-point lead, but the Warriors were a changed side after the restart. Stand-in skipper Mohammad Nabibakhsh picked up his game, holding valuable raid points, as the Warriors immediately reduced Delhi’s lead.
Delhi’s Iranian player Meraj Sheykh marked as a replacement, picking up two capture points in stress situations,
but the Warriors defended their first All-Out with under four minutes waiting for the break.
The closely-contested first-half finished with the scores equalised at 17-17.
The Warriors said that momentum in the next half as they quickly went into the lead. Sukesh Hegde once over sizzled for the Warriors with any mature raiding, often taking the better of Ravinder Pahal in Delhi’s left corner.
Perhaps the most intelligent move from the Warriors’ camp was to deploy the old Jeeva Kumar in a shifting cover performance, depending on the raider’s healthy foot.
The decision helped as the Warriors held another All-Out in the 8th minute of the half to open up a 4point lead.
Delhi’s Naveen Kumar held his Super 10 in the 10th minute (21st consecutive),
but his side tried to get a stranglehold of the match as Warriors corner key of Rinku Narwal, and Baldev Singh also went into this game. Bengal Warriors Beat Dabang Delhi
The Warriors struck another All-Out with six minutes waiting to open up a 10-point lead.
Naveen Kumar kept attempting to script a victory for the Delhi side, hitting the 300 point milestone in the process,
but his work-continuously got destroyed by uncharacteristic errors in the case with the similarities of Joginder Narwal, Ravinder Pahal struggling.
The Warriors’ statement held tight in the final minutes to secure their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title.