PKL: Devadiga and Atrachila shine in U Mumba win

U Mumba's good performance in the night ensured the team's fifth successive win. The defending champion's overall seventh victory enabled the side to keep a clean slate against Warriors.

Rishank Devadiga of U Mumba tries to escape the clutches of Bengal Warriors defenders.   -  Rohit Jain Paras

Rishank Devadiga's bullish raids and Fazel Atrachali's spectacular tackles brought U Mumba a comprehensive 30-17 victory over Bengal Warriors in the Pro Kabaddi league match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Tuesday.

U Mumba's good run resulted in the team's fifth successive win. The defending champion's overall seventh victory enabled the side to keep a clean slate against Warriors.

U Mumba's fine all-round performance pushed Warriors on the back foot early in the match. Anup Kumar and Devadiga were the principal raiders for the side.

Anup, who kept probing the Warriors defence, earned two points, while the giant Devadiga displayed his superb court coverage and long reach to gather four, as U Mumba picked up eight points in a row.

Vishal Mane, Atrachali and Mohit Chillar scripted an outstanding exhibition of collective tackle and earned seven points in the opening half, which ended at 17-6 in U Mumba's favour.

Warriors, which was all out at 2-10 in the eighth minute, struggled to find its rhythm and became defensive under pressure.

The Mumbai-based team utilised Anup and Devadiga's commendable raids to weaken Warriors further in the second half. Bajirao Hodage and Jang Kun Lee, who shone in both attack and defence, performed a super tackle on Rakesh Kumar but U Mumba replied by making Bengal all out and building a 13-point lead in the 26th minute.

Warriors gave semblance of a fight through Umesh Mhatre's raids and Nilesh Shinde's tackles.

However, U Mumba maintained its upper hand through its Iranian recruit Atrachali's opportune tackles from the left.

U Mumba was reduced to three men towards the closing stages but Anup (five) and Devadiga (six) had done enough to keep Warriors at bay.