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Pro Kabaddi League: Desai shines as Haryana Steelers edge past Dabang Delhi 35-33

Delhi's Naveen Kumar (16 points) and Steelers' raider Siddharth Desai (10 points) were the standout performers of the day, as per a PKL press release.

The Delhi side made a blistering start off the blocks, and with barely five minutes gone inflicted a first 'All Out' on the Steelers to take a 10-2 lead. An assertive Naveen Kumar seemed to be picking up points with every raid he went for, and the Steelers reeling from the onslaught, were down by 10 points for a while.

As the half wore on the Steelers slowly came together, and stemmed the point bleed, but their raiders struggled to get going. It all changed with three minutes of the half to go though, Vinay's 'Super Raid' on Vishal Bhardwaj, Yogesh and Mohit, starting a sequence which saw them inflict an 'All Out' of their own. The gap was a mere 4 points at the break with Delhi leading at 21-17.

The Steelers' comeback continued early in the second half, and within five minutes of the restart, they inflicted an 'All Out' to take a 25-21 lead.

Capitalising on some stout and solid defending from his team, Siddharth Desai hit a rich vein and soon started racking points with almost every raid.

In a frenetic finish, Naveen almost single-handedly launched Delhi's comeback and with a minute to go had closed the gap to two points. However, Ashish, the last Steelers player on the mat, stole a point on the last raid of the evening to take his team home.

Haryana is at the sixth spot in the points table with two wins and a loss, which gives them a total of 10 points. Delhi is at the seventh place in the table, with a win and two losses. They have a total of six points.

Here are the PKL Season 10 fixtures on Monday:

Game 1: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Giants – 8 pm

Game 2: Bengaluru Bulls vs U.P. Yoddhas – 9 pm.

(Inputs from ANI)

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