U Mumba produced an all-round show to beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 31-25 in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.
Abhishek Singh secured a 'Super-10' (11 raid points) for U Mumba, which was also miserly in its defence, with Surinder Singh and Harendra Kumar picking up vital points.
The victory meant the Mumbai-based side jumped to the fourth place in the points table to consolidate its chances of making to the play-off stages.
The match was a closely-fought affair with two of the best defences in the league going head to head.
But Abhishek’s raiding backed up by some incredible defence by Sandeep Narwal and Surinder Singh opened up a lead for U Mumba as it inflicted an early 'All-out' on Gujarat to move to a five points lead with eight minutes still left for half time.
READ | As it happened
Rohit Gulia found chinks in the U Mumbai armour after the 'All-out' and his eight-point half helped the Gujarat team claw its way back with an 'All-out' with under two minutes to play. The first half ended with both the sides locked at 16-16.
The second half continued to be the same with both defences trading blows. Unfortunately for Gujarat, Sunil Kumar picked up an injury which disrupted the team’s structure.
With Arjun Deshwal out for U Mumba with an injury, the raiding responsibilities for the Mumbai side wAS solely on the shoulders of Abhishek.
The raider produced a two-point raid in the 13th minute after which Mumbai's defence successfully tackled Gujarat’s Sachin to give U Mumbai a three-point lead after a long time.
The raider picked his game up and helped U Mumba secure an 'All-out' with less than three minutes left in the match to move to a six-point lead.
The defence held firm in the final minutes to clinch an important victory for the Mumbai side.
-Bengal Warriors edges Jaipur Pink Panthers in thriller-
Having inflicted two 'All-outs' on the opposition and sitting pretty with an 11-point lead, Bengal Warriors should have cruised to a win against Jaipur Pink Panthers in the 103rd match of ProKabaddi League 2019. Thanks to Nilesh Salunke's excellent raiding under pressure, Jaipur staged a comeback and with a first 'All-out' with the score on 33-38, it gave itself a chance of clawing back and stealing a win.
The Warriors eventually managed to win the match 41-40. Nilesh won a raid point and followed it up with a bonus in the dying moments. And with the match on the line, Maninder Singh, Warriors's standout player on the night, produced an empty raid to secure the win.
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