Pro Kabaddi League Season 8: An intense and extremely close final was on the mat between the two of the best teams this season, Patna Pirates and Dabang Delhi.
It was in the end just one point to differentiate the two teams. A raider heavy game where they took 56 out of the 73 points. Only 8 tackle points were in the statline.
As expected, Delhi were riding on Naveen Kumar’s super performance. Naveen Kumar did come to play completing a 13 point super-10. However, he was not the leader, It was Vijay Malik with 14 points to steal the show.
On the flip side, Patna Pirates had the full team performing as a unit. They were led by Sachin with 10 points followed by Guman Singh’s 9 points raid points. The biggest loss for the Pirates was Monu Goyat’s absence. It was a huge loss on both raiding and defending as well as the leadership department.
The match started with Patna having the upper hand, giving Delhi an all-out in the 11th minute. Patna then led by as much as 4 points but Delhi were not holding back. Patna led by two-point at the break.
The Pirates started the second half exactly the same as the first. The pressure was mounting on the Delhi team. While the Pirates were at ease. However, the momentum shifted with Vijay Malik’s super raid cutting the lead to just one point which on the next raid was further equalized.
The score was tied 27-27 and Delhi gave Patna their first all-out of the match. Vijay Malik was breathing fire pushing his team for a four-point lead themselves.
Patna had a nice moment but failed to get past the Dabang Delhi’s lethal attack. It is the first title for Dabang Delhi, Naveen Kumar, Joginder Narwal, and Manjeet Chillar.
Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 finals highlights, Dabang Delhi vs Patna Pirates.