MUMBAI: U Mumba opened their home campaign by defeating Puneri Paltan 33-23 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Saturday.
In the game touted as the ‘Maharashtra Derby’, Mumbai’s Abhishek Singh (5 points) emerged star performer, while teammates Rohit Baliyan, Surinder Singh, Sandeep Narwal and skipper Fazal Atrachali (4 points each) made notable contributions.
The two teams were locked at 2-2 before Shubham Shinde grabbed a point to take Pune 3-2 ahead.
Pune then put up a strong defence and sent two U Mumba raiders Dong Kong Lee and Sandeep Narwal packing to make it 5 -2.
However, Mumba were back in the game as they picked up three points to level the scores at 5-5.
U Mumbai raider Abhishek Singh picked up a point in his raid, while defenders sent Pune’s R Sriram out to make it 7-5, but Pune made it 7-7 again.
The first half was a closely fought one.
U Mumba surged 10-9 ahead and in the dying seconds of the opening half, Abhishek Singh picked up a point to make in
his ‘do or die’ raid in Mumbai’s favour as they went 11-9 into the break. (AGENCIES)