In the 126th match of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 8), Dabang Delhi defeated Patna Pirates 26-23 and became the third team to qualify for the playoffs. This is Dabang Delhi’s 11th win in 21 matches and they have reached the second position with 70 points. On the other hand, this is only the fifth loss in 21 matches for Patna Pirates, which have secured the first place in the points slot and their first loss after 7 consecutive victories.
Patna Pirates gave rest to key players in PKL 8 match
Patna Pirates rested all their key players except Mohammadrza Shadlu and Monu captained the team. After the first half, Dabang Delhi was ahead 14-12 and despite the weak team of Patna, Dabang Delhi could not take that much advantage in the first half. In the first half, Vijay of Dabang Delhi took the maximum 5 raid points and in the last minute he gave the team the lead by taking two points in a raid.
In the defense, Manjit Chillar and Krishan took two tackle points each in the first half for Dabang Delhi, while Mohammadarza Shadlu and Shubham Shinde took two tackle points each in the defense for Patna Pirates.
The first 10 minutes of the second half saw a close contest with Dabang Delhi leading by just one point at the first strategic time out of 30 minutes and the score was 19-18 in their favour. Shubham Shinde of Patna Pirates also completed High 5 during this period. After the break, Manjit Chillar also put his high 5 on behalf of Dabang Delhi.
Even in the last 10 minutes of the match, Dabang Delhi did not let their lead go and in the end won by three points. In raiding for Dabang Delhi, Vijay took the maximum 7 points in the match, while Manjit Chhillar took the maximum 5 tackle points. Patna Pirates’ defense did well with Shubham Shinde (5 tackle points) apart from Mohammadarza Shadlu and Sourav Gulia taking four tackle points each.
On February 18, Dabang Delhi will face Telugu Titans in their last league stage match, while Patna Pirates will play their last match in the league stage against Haryana Steelers on February 19.