Pro Kabaddi: U Mumba beats Jaipur Pink Panthers

In a hotly contested match, U Mumba defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers 29-23 to move to third in the points table in the Pro Kabaddi Season 4.

Jaipur Pink Panthers and U Mumba in action on Thursday.   -  K. Murali Kumar

In a hotly contested match, U Mumba defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers 29-23 to move to third in the points table in the Pro Kabaddi Season 4 here on Thursday. The experienced duo of Rakesh Kumar and Anup Kumar scored 12 points between them to guide U Mumba to a memorable victory. Jaipur Pink Panthers’ defence put up an ordinary performance as it could not contain U Mumba raiders.

U Mumba now has 27 points from eight games and is third in the league table. Jaipur Pink Panthers remains on top of the table with 31 points from nine games.

Pink Panthers opened its account in the third minute with a do-or-die raid by Ajay Kumar. Suresu Kumar leveled the game at 1-1 with his first raid in the fourth minute. Both teams treaded with caution as the scoreline was 2-1 in the favour of U Mumba after five minutes.

Jasvir Singh did not score a single point in the first eight minutes for Jaipur Pink Panthers as U Mumba led 4-2. Jaipur tied the score at 4-4 after 10 minutes as neither team was looking to take many risks.

Rakesh Kumar scored four raid points for U Mumba whereas Ajay Kumar scored three points for Jaipur Pink Panthers as both defences played it tight. Jaipur Pink Panthers led 10-9 at the end of an extremely tight first half.

U Mumba dominates

Anup Kumar scored his second raid point in the 20th minute as U Mumba leveled the game at 10-10. Both teams’ defence traded a point each as it was 11-11 after 24 minutes.

Suresu Kumar scored with a two-point raid in the 29th minute as U Mumba opened a three-point lead. U Mumba inflicted the first all out of the match in 32nd minute to lead 20-14. U Mumba’s defence contained the Jaipur Pink Panthers raiders in the second half as it led 22-15 after 34 minutes.

Rajesh Narwal scored two points with a raid in 35th minute as Jaipur Pink Panthers trailed 18-23. Jasvir Singh scored two raid points in the last three minutes, but Suresu Kumar scored six points for U Mumba as it defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers 28-23.