Telugu Talons loses to Delhi Panzers in an entertaining clash in PHL
: The first match of Matchday 5 in the Premier Handball League (PHL) saw Delhi Panzers come away with a crucial win against the Telugu Talons as the tie ended 27-29 in favour of the Panzers after a nail-biting finish to the game.
Match 9 saw Telugu Talons take on Delhi Panzers inside a packed Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium. The Telugu Talons started the game on the front foot as they were piling on intense pressure on the Panzers. The Talons took an early lead in the game thanks to Anil Khudia and Kailash Patel, while Rahul TK in the Talons goal made a couple of amazing saves in the opening minutes of the game to help the Talons to extend their lead further. Panzers were tightly marking Davinder Singh Bhullar, who turned into a facilitator for his team as he was laying on chances for Naseeb to score consistently. By the 15th minute mark, the scores were 8-5 in favour of the Talons. Naseeb was shooting with devastating effect from the wing as he was unplayable at times in the first half. However, Bhupender Ghanghas and Deepak Ahlawat worked together to bring Delhi Panzers back into the game as they slowly got into their attacking groove and cut short the deficit. Soon after, the half ended 13-12 as Telugu went into the break with a narrow lead.
The Delhi Panzers came out for the second half determined to fight for win while the Talons were hoping to extend their lead. Unfortunately for the Panzers Anil Khudia, Davinder Singh and Naseeb were combining fluidly at the start of the second half and were able to breach the Panzers defences with ease. Rahul TK in the Talons goal was also able to consistently deny the Panzers from scoring which helped the Talons extend their lead. The captain of the Panzers Deepak Ahlawat was looking to inspire his team into action as he was spearheading all of the Panzers' counter in the hopes of dragging his team across the line.
Halfway through the second period the scores read 22-19 in favour of the Talons. Bhupender and Ahlawat were trying their level best to bring Delhi Panzers back into the game, but to little effect as an on-song Naseeb was scoring at will for the Talons which saw them hold on to their slender lead. However, the Panzers recovered going into the last 5 minutes of the game thanks to an impactful performance by Ashok Nain who was containing Naseeb on the wing and was even scoring consistently. The Panzers took the lead thanks to their trio of Ahlawat, Nain and Bhupender Ghanghas. The game was heading for the dramatic conclusion as both teams were neck to neck, with 2 minutes to go the scores read 26-28 in favour of the Panzers. Soon after the game ended 27-29 as Delhi Panzers emerged victorious at the end of the tie.
Naseeb emerged as the top scorer for the Telugu Talons by the end of the tie with 10 goals, while the Delhi Panzers captain Deepak Ahlawat was the top scorer for his team with a match-high 11 goals. Ahlawat was also adjudged to be best player of the match for his inspirational performance during the game.