Former champions U Mumba produced a solid all-round performance to beat Bengal Warriors 31-20 in the Inter Zone Challenge Week of Pro Kabaddi Season 6 on Saturday.
The defensive trio of Fazel Atrachali, Surender Singh and Dharmaraj Cherlathan picked up 11 tackle points and tormented Bengal Warriors raiders’ throughout the match at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Vishakhapatnam.
Siddharth Desai was the top scoring raider for U Mumba as he scored 7 points. Maninder Singh had a quiet match for Bengal Warriors but still ended up being their top scorer with 5 raid points. Both teams’ defence began brightly as they picked up tackle points to get going.
Bengal Warriors held the early advantage as they led 5-2 after five minutes. U Mumba fought back in the next couple of minutes with Rohit Baliyan picking up a few raid points. It was all square at 5-5 after 10 minutes of action.
U Mumba shifted gears, scoring five points in the next three minutes to lead 10-7. Siddharth then sprung into action and picked up three points in two raids to give U Mumba 15-9 lead at the first half. The second half began with U Mumba inflicting an all out to extend their lead to 18-10 in the 21st minute.
Surender was a rock at the back for U Mumba as he tackled Bengal raiders throughout the match. With less than 10 minutes to go U Mumba led 24-13 and were on course to a comfortable victory.
Bengal Warriors’ raiders couldn’t get their footing throughout the match and with Maninder struggling to get points their fate was sealed early in the second half only.