First time finalists: Dabang Delhi to face Bengal Warriors in Pro Kabaddi title clash

first_img Press Trust of India AhmedabadOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 23:20 IST Pro Kabaddi 2019 semi-finals: Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBengal Warriors will face Dabang Delhi in PKL 2019 final on October 19Bengal Warriors defeated U Mumba 36-35 in a nail-biting semi-finalDabang Delhi, meanwhile, defeated Bengaluru Bulls 44-38 to enter their 1st finalDabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors will clash in the final of Pro Kabaddi League Season Seven after winning their respective semifinal matches here on Wednesday.In the first semifinal, Naveen Kumar was the star as Dabang Delhi beat defending champions Bengaluru Bulls 44-38 to book their maiden summit clash berth. Bengal Warriors beat U Mumba 37-35 in the other semifinal in a tightly-fought contest to also clinch a place in the final for the first time.The final will be played here on Saturday.The Delhi team produced an all-round performance, with Naveen Kumar impressing with his raids (15 raid points) and Anil Kumar dominating with his tackles (4 points) to win in front of a packed stadium at the EKA Arena by TransStadia.The Bulls, just like in the Eliminator against UP Yoddha, had a slow start, with Delhi dominating the first few plays. Ravinder Pahal seemed keen to maintain his dominance in duels against Pawan Sehrawat and started the match with a clean ankle hold of the ‘High flyer’.Delhi dominated in all departments, with Naveen Kumar spearheading the attack, and inflicted the first All-Out of the match in the fifth minute to open up a 6-point lead.Pawan secured a three-point Super Raid in the seventh minute to reduce the margin but Delhi maintained their momentum thanks to an unstoppable Naveen Kumar. They inflicted another All-Out in the 13th minute to open up an 11-point lead as Naveen Kumar secured another Super 10 (his 20th consecutive).Naveen did make a rookie error as he failed to complete a raid on time which gave the Bulls some hope going into the break. Delhi led Bulls 26-18 at half time.advertisementThe Bulls opted for a more aggressive approach in the second half with the defenders consistently getting better of the Delhi raiders in do-or-die situations.But what makes Delhi a complete unit is the presence of versatile all-rounders and the likes of Chandran Ranjit and Vijay stepped up with valuable raid and tackle points to always maintain a healthy lead of six or seven points.Despite the absence of lead raider Maninder Singh, Bengal Warriors matched the in-form U Mumba side in the early exchanges, with Sukesh Hegde looking composed in his raids.Rinku Narwal in the left corner was also having a good day for the Warriors who were helped by some uncharacteristic errors in the Mumbai defence. A two-point raid by Sukesh for the Warriors in the 12th minute, pushing away Fazel Atrachali in his way back to the halfway line, set the tone for Warriors who inflicted an All-Out with 5 minutes remaining to open a 4-point lead.The All-Out gave the Bengal the confidence they needed and they improved the lead to 6 (18-12) at the end of the half.Bengal made the mistake of slowing the pace of the match in the early minutes of the second half that allowed U Mumba to reduce the gap a little but Sukesh Hegde produced a stellar 4-point Super Raid in the 8th minute to deflate U Mumba’s confidence.The Warriors pressed home the advantage to clinch another All-Out in the 10th minute of the half to open up a 10 point gap.Despite Mumbai’s best efforts, they could not bring down Bengal’s lead as the match moved to the final minutes with Bengal well in control.U Mumba went on to clinch an All-Out with 3 minutes remaining to make it a one-point game. Sandeep Narwal’s block with under two minutes remaining made it 35-35.Arjun Deshwal failed in a Bonus Point attempt in his team’s penultimate raid and the Warriors floored the raider in the final move of the game to clinch the match.Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Pro Kabaddi 2019Follow Dabang Delhi Next First time finalists: Dabang Delhi to face Bengal Warriors in Pro Kabaddi title clashDabang Delhi outclassed defending champions Bengaluru Bulls 44-38 to clinch a place in the final of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season seven.advertisementlast_img read more

Bring in your football and badminton nets to save hedgehogs RSPCA asks

Since the 1950s, the number of hedgehogs in England has shrunk from 30 million to just one millionCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Wire Hedgehogs are dying because people are leaving netting out in their gardens, the RSPCA has warned.The leading animal charity says that dozens of the small, spikey mammals have become entangled in football, badminton and pond nets causing fatal injuries and urged people to pack their equipment away.Evie Button, Wildlife Scientific Officer at the organisation said:  “The RSPCA sees a spike in reports about hedgehogs trapped in sports and garden netting during the summer months.“Netting can be a particular hazard for wild animals, as they can easily become entangled.  As they thrash around trying to escape, the netting can tighten round them and cause terrible suffering. “The tight net can cut off the blood supply to their limbs, damage bones where they have tried to frantically escape, or worst of all, they can be strangled to death. “There is one simple way to prevent this from happening – please remove nets after use and store them securely and put any discarded or old netting safely in a bin. We also recommend that any garden netting, such as pond netting, should be replaced with solid metal mesh.”One example cited by the charity this summer was a hedgehog in a Birmingham back garden becoming entangled in a football net.Animal collection officer Cara Gibbon cut the animal free but it later succumbed to its injuries and was put down by a vet.“The netting was tight around the hedgehog and as he tried to free himself it was getting tighter and he was suffocating and really struggling to breathe,” said Ms Gibbon.“This is such a stressful situation for an animal, particularly a wild animal, to find themselves in.“We understand that many people are not aware that netting used to fence off areas and netting used for gardening or in sport can be really dangerous for animals – we’re trying to raise awareness of this.The problem could get worse in the coming weeks as hedgehogs become more mobile in their search for food ahead of hibernation.The small mammals eat slugs and snails and will travel further than usual in order to fatten up ahead of the cold winter months.The warnings come on the back of a government announcement that new road signs will be introduced, featuring pictures of hedgehogs inside a red triangle – designed to prevent accidents and reverse the decline in wildlife numbers.Since the 1950s, the number of hedgehogs in England has shrunk from 30 million to just one million.Jill Nelson, from the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, told the BBC that the signs were created after they held a meeting with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the former transport secretary Chris Grayling.”We welcome this focus on road safety and protection for all small mammals,” said Ms Nelson. A young hedgehog being held by a human Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more