ProKabaddi: U Mumba drub Dabang Delhi

The battle was won on the offensive end, with the Mumba raiders in full flow. Delhi, on the other hand, managed just seven points in attack.

Dabang Delhi try to back hold Mumbai's Rishank Devadiga.   -  Sampath Kumar GP

U Mumba handed a 30-17 drubbing to a clueless Dabang Delhi in the ProKabaddi League here on Friday. The one-sided affair consigned Delhi to a fourth-straight loss, while Mumba recorded its second win in three fixtures.

The battle was won on the offensive end, with the Mumba raiders in full flow. Delhi, on the other hand, managed just seven points in attack.

Nine minutes into the encounter, Mumba registered an all-out, and took a formidable 10-2 lead. Things did not get much better for Delhi, which struggled to get going. A few silly errors — South Korean raider Seong Kim was ejected twice for losing his cant — did not help the cause.

Mumba was well served by Rishank Devadiga (8 points) and India captain Anup Kumar (6). Defender Mohit Chhillar marshalled the troops at the back, and was rewarded with five points for his efforts.

A disappointed Delhi coach Balwan Singh conceded that the confidence of his players has taken a beating. “When a team is not doing well, a bit of negativity is bound to creep in. We have to find a way out of this,” he said.

In another fixture, Bengaluru Bulls staged a late rally to defeat Jaipur Pink Panthers 36-26 in the ProKabaddi League here on Friday. After being down 16-19 in the second-half, the Bulls registered two super-tackles to claw its way back into contention.

The all-out came a few plays later, and much to the delight of the big crowd at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, as the home side went 20-19 ahead.

One more 'lona' arrived for the Bulls, as a disappointed Panthers owner Abhishek Bachchan — accompanied by his wife Aishwarya Bachchan and cine star Preity Zinta — watched his side fall to a second defeat in three outings.

Result:

U Mumba 30 (Rishank Devadiga 8, Anup Kumar 6) bt Dabang Delhi 17; Bengaluru Bulls 36 (Ashish Sangwan 7, Pawan Kuma 7, Amit Rathi 6) bt Jaipur Pink Panthers 26 (Rajesh Narwal 11).

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