Pro Kabaddi: U Mumba cruises to 41-27 win over Telugu Titans

Arjun Deshwal with nine raid points and Fazel Atrachali with six tackle points helped U Mumba thump Telugu Titans and move to the fifth spot in the points table.

U Mumba (in orange) applied pressure as Titans got 'all-out' within a minute of resumption. Fazel’s solid tackling and its raiders’ successful forays enabled Mumba 25-18 lead.   -  PKL MEDIA

U Mumba benefitted from its captain Fazel Atrachali’s excellent tackles and Arjun Deshwal’s fine all-round showing to beat Telugu Titans 41-27 in a re-scheduled match of the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Mumba’s seventh win pushed it up into the top-six on the points tally.

Titans banked on Siddharth Desai and Rakesh Gowda’s praiseworthy efforts to lead 13-9 before Mumba, which was all out in the 13 minute, made a strong comeback.

Mumba, which gave a close fight due to Rohit Baliyan’s five points in the first half, also benefitted from Deshwal’s contribution. Deshwal, who had opened Mumba’s account with a two-point raid, claimed Vishal Bhardwaj and C. Arun to help his side take a 15-13 lead.

However, Farhad Milaghardan conducted a successful raid with a bonus point to level the scores just before the break.

Mumba applied pressure as Titans got 'all-out' within a minute of resumption. Fazel’s solid tackling and its raiders’ successful forays enabled Mumba race to a 25-18 lead.

Titans rode on the Gowda’s all-round performance to narrow down the margin, but Mumba was boosted by Fazel, who not only garnered five tackle points in the second half but also guided his team brilliantly to seize momentum at the right time. 

Titans succumbed to  two more 'all-outs' and could never really recover.

The result:

U Mumba 41 (Arjun Deshwal 10, Rohit Baliyan 7, Fazel Atrachali 6, Sandeep Narwal 4) bt Telugu Titans 27 (Rakesh Gowda 7, Siddharth Desai 4, Farhad Milaghardan 4, Vishal Bhardwaj 4).