Haryana Steelers beat Dabang Delhi 27-24 in a closely fought encounter in Match No. 74 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5. Dabang Delhi looked down and out in the first half but bounced back to give a close fight to the Steelers. Wazir Singh scored nine points for Haryana Steelers. Haryana's dominant first half performance was enough to record a much-needed win.
Haryana Steelers were quick to get off the mark as they led 3-0 after three minutes. Dabang Delhi came back to tie the game and for the first five minutes it was an evenly contested match as both teams were tied at 3-3. It was all Haryana Steelers in the next few minutes as Wazir Singh came up with a super raid and then they inflicted an all out in the eighth minute to lead 12-4.
Rohit Balliyan made a successful raid in the 11th minute as Dabang Delhi trailed 6-12. Haryana Steelers scored five straight points to extend their lead to 17-6 in the 17th minute. Dabang Delhi looked down and out as they trailed 8-17 at the end of the first half.
The second half saw Dabang Delhi make a comeback as they scored four points in seven minutes to trail 12-20. Dabang Delhi inflicted an all out in the 28th minute to reduce the deficit to three points as they trailed 17-20.
Deepak Dahiya scored a raid point as Haryana Steelers led 24-20 in the 33rd minute. With less than five minutes to go Haryana Steelers led 25-20 but Dabang Delhi scored three points in the next two minutes to trail 23-25 after 37 minutes. Haryana Steelers scored two tackle points in two minutes to win 27-24.
BENGAL WARRIORS EDGE PAST TELUGU TITANS 32-31
Meanwhile, in an epic encounter, Bengal Warriors scripted a terrific comeback to beat Bengal Warriors 32-31. Jang Kun Lee scored in the dying seconds to win the match for Bengal Warriors and ended up with nine points. Maninder Singh also chipped in with seven points for Bengal Warriors. Telugu Titans would look at this match as a missed opportunity as they scored just one point in the last seven minutes.
Maninder Singh and Nilesh Salunke scored a raid point each in the first minute as both teams were level at 1-1 in the first minute. Nilesh Salunke scored with a two-point raid in the fourth minute as Telugu Titans drew level at 4-4. Titans defence scored two points in a minute as they led 6-4 after six minutes. Both teams fought valiantly in the first ten minutes as Telugu Titans led 8-7.
It was a closely contested match as Bengal Warriors managed to keep Rahul Chaudhari quiet as they leveled the match at 9-9 after 13 minutes. Telugu Titans inflicted an all out in the 16th minute to lead 15-11. Jang Kun Lee scored a raid point in the 18th minute as Bengal Warriors went into the break trailing 12-15.
The second half began with Bengal Warrior scoring three raid points in two minutes but Telugu Titans pegged them back to lead 18-16 after 25 minutes. Till the 27th minute Bengal Warriors were in the match as they trailed 18-19. But Telugu Titans shifted gears as Nilesh Salunke scored with a super raid to give Telugu Titans 27-19 lead in the 32nd minute. Titans inflicted an all out in the next minute to lead 30-20.
Bengal Warriors scored five straight points in the next four minutes to trail 25-30 in the 36th minute. Bengal Warriors were awarded a technical point in the 37th minute to cut the lead to just three points. Bengal Warriors scripted a memorable comeback as Jang Kun Lee scored in the dying seconds to win the match 32-31.