Pune: A defensive masterclass by U Mumba helped them beat UP Yoddha 39-36 in their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) game here on Wednesday.
Surinder Singh secured a 'High 5' (6 tackle points) and Fazel Atrachali (3 tackle points) were the heroes in Mumbai's defence, while Abhishek Singh led the attack with a Super 10 (11 raid points), as U Mumba displaced UP Yoddha in the fifth place of the points table.
A bitterly fought first half saw UP Yoddha start on the front foot. Both teams had a high line of defence who were in no mood to let the raiders have an easy day.
A few uncharacteristic errors from the Mumbai defence allowed Yoddha to dominate the first 10 minutes and UP also clinched their first All-Out in the 9th minute and opened up a 9-point lead.
But U Mumba defenders got them back into the game after the All-Out, thwarting all the raiders that dared to come in their half.
Ashu Singh's Super Tackle on Mumbai's Abhishek Singh gave a temporary revival for Yoddha but the Mumbai team clinched their All-Out under two minutes remaining to half time. The half-time ended with scores 16-15 in favour of the UP side.
The second half saw both U Mumba and UP Yoddha trade blow for blow. A two-point raid by Arjun Deshwal gave U Mumba the lead for the first time in the fourth minute of the half, but UP Yoddha immediately clawed back with a Super Tackle.
Both sides kept pushing it to the extremes in the dying minutes as defenders stepped up their game.
The most important move of the match came with slightly less than six minutes left in the clock by Abhishek Singh. His three-point raid gave Mumbai a lead and Mumbai secured an All-out in the subsequent raid by Yoddha to open up a three-point lead.
A three-point raid in the dying minutes by Rishank Devadiga made it a nervous ending for U Mumba but they managed to hold to their nerves to secure an important win.
In the second match, a bizarre final minute raid by Nitin Tomar handed a draw to Tamil Thalaivas against home-side Puneri Paltan in their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) match here on Wednesday.
The raiders inability to pull off a valid raid in the final play of the match resulted in All-Out that gave Thalaivas the three points they required to level the match at 36-36.
Ajith Kumar was the star for the Tamil Thalaivas with a Super 10 (18 raid points), but the Chennai team will have Pune's bad planning to thank for the one point they secured in the night.
Manjeet (11 raid points) and Pankaj Mohite (8 raid points) impressed in the raiding department for Pune, who would rue missing the chance of jumping to 8th on the points table.
The first half started with a lot of promise for the struggling Tamil Thalaivas side with Rahul Chaudhari and Ajith Kumar looking good in their raids.
But the error-prone Tamil defence allowed Pankaj Mohite to escape with a three-point Super Raid in the sixth minute of the match to turn things around the home side.
Pune secured their first All-Out in the next minute to move to a three-point lead and dominate the half from thereon.
A few strong tackles by Shabeer Bappu, including a Super Tackle on Manjeet in the 12th minute, kept the Thalaivas in the game but Pune quickly established a 6-point lead to end the half 18-12.
The second half saw more of the same as Pune stamped their authority on the match. But some heroics from Thalaivas young raider Ajith Kumar prevented an All-Out for a longtime.
It soon turned out to be an Ajith versus Pune affair as the Tamil Nadu youngster produced four consecutive multi- point raids to rush to his Super 10 and also prevent the All- Out.
The Pune side eventually got their All-Out in the 8th minute of the half to open a seven-point lead.
Ajith Kumar's great work continued to get undone by poor coordination in the Thalaivas defence. Manjeet picked up his Super 10 for Pune in the 13th minute of the half while Pankaj Mohite also impressed with his raiding for the Anup Kumar-coach Paltan side.
But Thalaivas kept prodding through Ajith Kumar and kept the margins small till the final minute.
A blunder in the last play of the match by Nitin Tomar, who couldnt execute a safe raid, gave Thalaivas an All-Out and the three points they required to level the match.
Updated Date: Sep 18, 2019 22:49:58 IST