Pro Kabaddi 2019 Final Highlights: Bengal Warriors lifted their maiden Pro Kabaddi title after making an incredible comeback to beat the league leaders Dabang Delhi in the final by 39-34 at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
After falling down to a deficit of 3-11 in the first half, the Maninder Singh-less side clawed their way back to equal terms at the end of the first half. Owing to Mohammed Nabibakhsh’s efficiency, they brought the score to 17-17 at the end of the first 20 minutes. After a thrilling start to the second half by Sukesh Hegde, Bengal Warriors dealt the capital side two All-Outs in the second half to take their lead to ten points. Naveen Kumar’s Super 10 and his late show went to vain, as Bengal eked out a win right at the end by standing firm on their own.
Pro Kabaddi 2019 Final Highlights:
BENGAL WARRIORS ARE CHAMPIONS!
Even after a late scare by Naveen Kumar, Bengal Warriors held their own and notched the title by defeating Dabang Delhi by 39-34. Mohammed Nabibakhsh and Sukesh Hegde were magnificent on a night when they were without their captain, Maninder SIngh. This has been a final for the ages, with the 20-year-old sensation of Delhi, picking up his 21st consecutive Super 10 too. Bengal Warriors are deservedly the winners at Ahmedabad here!
DEL 33-37 KOL
Naveen Kumar gets a crucial two points, and Dabang Delhi are suddenly seeing light here. Bengal Warriors have a five point lead, and it is decreased by Naveen's 300th raid point of the season. What a climax we are approaching!
DEL 30-37 KOL
It's all happening now, as both of them trade blows getting a point each after the timeout. Naveen Kumar gets a bonus point right after that. Just two minutes left now.
DEL 28-36 KOL
Naveen gets a bonus, but there's simply no time for Delhi to take small points. They have to look for big ones, as time is running out. They have taken a timeout now.
DEL 26-34 KOL
Although Naveen Kumar got a green card, he picked up another raid point to lessen the deficit. Soon after, Vijay got a bonus point too, before the play was stopped by an official timeout. Five minutes for the conclusion.
DEL 24-34 KOL
Another All-Out! Bengal are flying after Joginder Narwal, the last man standing, surrendered to Sukesh Hegde.
DEL 24-29 KOL
After Sukesh Hegde got a point from his raid, Rinku Narwal pulled off the tackle of the night to send Naveen Kumar to the bench, and Dabang Delhi are dwindling now. What a turnaround by Bengal! This has overshadowed that Naveen Kumar has got another Super 10, his 22nd of the season.
DEL 23-26 KOL
The game has started to throw all kinds of crazy now as Dabang Delhi was served an All-Out! Then, with Naveen winning a point in his raid, some hope is restored. But Bengal aren't stopping now, as they up their lead to three points now.
DEL 20-22 KOL
After Joginder Narwal was duped, Jeeva Kumar showed in Bengal colours how to orchestrate a defence getting yet another point for the side from Kolkata. Bengal up their lead by two points, thanks to Mohammed Nabibakhsh. Who else?
DEL 19-19 KOL
Mohammed Nabibakhsh has been on fire, with tackles and getting bonuses but Delhi have suddenly found some courage and fighting back. It's such an equal game, what a final!
DEL 17-18 KOL
Play resumes with a empty raid by the comparatively quite Naveen Kumar. The Iranian all-rounder of Bengal though had other ideas, and gets the first point of the second half. Bengal in the lead now.
HT: DEL 17-17 KOL
What a final this is, as Bengal took the lead late in the half after recovering from an eight point deficit. After Sukesh Hegde got a touch on the in-form Anil Kumar, Nabibakhsh's touch on Pahal powered Bengal to the lead. That was the seventh point for the Iranian. But Delhi equalled it just in time. More to play for in the second half.
DEL 15-14 KOL
After being reduced to just one man, Delhi get a point on their raid through Anil Kumar. They have delayed the All-Out, and with Ravinder Pahal, they went for the Super Tackle, but Mohammed Nabibakhsh manouevred himself to tap the mat, and serves Dabang Delhi an All-Out. What a comeback!
DEL 14-8 KOL
Mohammed Nabibakhsh gets Joginder Narwal with a body touch, and keeps Bengal on the comeback, but Delhi's Meraj Sheykh restores the six point lead soon after. Five minutes to go for the half-time whistle.
DEL 12-6 KOL
After Baldev Singh gets the first tackle point for Bengal, Jeeva Kumar doubles it after dashing Naveen Kumar out of the mat. Sukesh Hegde also keeps Bengal on the up after escaping Ravinder Pahal's ankle hold attempt. Can Bengal shorten the lead before the half?
DEL 11-3 KOL
Dabang Delhi have made a huge lead, almost a colossal one early on in the game, as they serve an All-Out to Bengal. Ravindra gets a bonus and then steps in the lobby without a touch. The lead is up to eight points for the capital side.
DEL 6-1 KOL
And Bengal gets their first point with a toe touch, finally. Ravindra Kumawat with the point. Bengal are really struggling so far.
DEL 4-0 KOL
After Anil Kumar got a tackle point, Naveen Kumar gets his first raid point of the final. And now, Ravinder Pahal stops Mohammed Nabibakhsh in his raid. Delhi are on fire now!
DEL 1-0 KOL
Sukesh Hegde starts the game with Bengal Warriors' first raid, and it's an empty one. Chandran Ranjit follows it up with the first point of the final, with a bonus point. Game on!
Toss won by Delhi
The toss has been won by Dabang Delhi, and they have invited Bengal Warriors to raid first.
While Delhi have scored the second most number of points (411), Bengal Warriors have the most number of super raids this season (16). Bengal have conceded the least number of all-outs (22) though.
The hour of Naveen?
Bengal Warriors lineup: No Maninder
Starting Seven: Sukesh Hegde, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Mayur Shivtarkar, Jeeva Kumar, K. Prapanjan, Baldev Singh, Rinku Narwal.
Dabang Delhi lineup
Starting Seven: Naveen Kumar, Vishal Mane, Anil Kumar, Vijay, Chandran Ranjit, Ravinder Pahal, Joginder Narwal.
Defence wins you titles?
Dabang Delhi's Ravinder Pahal (62 points) will have a worthy counterpart in the opposition ranks in Bengal Warriors' Baldev Singh (65 points). The match won't be played in the raiding units only, but also in All-Outs and Super Tackles.
The best of the best
EKA Arena awaits...
After 92 days, 136 matches and a whole lot of action, the final is here. It's between Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors. They had finished the league stage at the first and second position respectively. While the best raider for Dabang Delhi is Naveen Kumar with 285 points, the best raider for Bengal Warriors is Maninder Singh with 205 points. The kabaddi world awaits a new champion.
Who will wear the new crown?
They've raided, tackled and stormed their way to the top! 💪— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 19, 2019
But it all comes down to tonight, the #VIVOProKabaddiFinal, where 1⃣ team will become first-time CHAMPIONS!
Who will own #DELvKOL and lift the 🏆?
⏲️: 7 PM onwards
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Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 final clash between Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors. While Delhi pounced defending champions Bengaluru Bulls to reach finals, Warriors emerged victorious in a nail-biting semi-final contest against UP Yoddha. Stay tuned!