Patna. With a formidable all-round performance Telugu Titans showed defeat to the Dabang Delhi with 28-23 in a Pro Kabaddi match on Sunday.
Delhi came into the sport on a high of beating Patna Pirates but were brought down to earth by Titans. Nilesh Salunke and Sandeep Dhull were the stand out performers for the Titans in both attack and defense.
Titans remain at sixth position with 19 points from seven games and are just a point behind Bulls Jaipur Pink Panthers and Bengaluru. Dabang Delhi KC is sixth on the graph with 14 points from seven games.
Rahul Chaudhry opened Titans' account with a bang in the 17th minute and their defense followed it up with a point to give them a 2-0 lead. Delhi scored their first point when Sachin Shingade tackled Rahul Chaudhry in the 15th minute.
Delhi had no raid points after seven minutes as they trailed 2-3. Selvamani finally scored first raid point in ninth minute as Telugu Titans led 4-3.
Rahul Chaudhry scored two raid points in the 11th minute as Titans led 7-3. They maintained their four-point lead and led 9-5 with five minutes to go in the first half as Delhi scored only two raid points.
Delhi was looking a pale shadow of the team that beat Patna Pirates yesterday as they trailed 7-13 after 18 minutes. Telugu Titans led 14-7 at the end of the first half as their raiders and defenders looked in good form.
Both teams began the second half with a set of empty raids as Dabang Delhi KC raiders struggled to get points on board. It was their defense led by Sachin Shingade who gathered points as they trailed 11-17 after 25 minutes.
Titans inflicted an all out in the second half and led 23-15 after 31 minutes. In the next five minutes, Titans scored five points against Delhi's three to lead 25-17 with five minutes left on the clock. Shingade and Dhull attained "high five" for Dabang Delhi KC and Telugu Titans respectively.
Titans continued to score raid points in the last five minutes as they extended their lead to nine points. Meraj Sheykh spent 20 minutes off the mat and it hurt Dabang Delhi KC the most as they couldn't find any inspiration.
Nilesh Salunke scored seven points for Telugu Titans whereas Rahul Chaudhry had five raid points. Kashiling Adake scored a raid point in the last minute as Delhi reduced the deficit to seven points. He then followed it up with another excellent raid to score two points as Delhi trailed 23-28. In the end it wasn't enough as Telugu Titans prevailed 28-23.