U Mumba produced an all-round show to beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 31-25 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.
Abhishek Singh secured a Super 10 (11 raid points) for U Mumba. The team was equaly miserly in its defence, with Surinder Singh and Harendra Kumar picking up vital points.
The victory meant the Mumbai side jumped to the fourth place on the points table to consolidate its chances of making the play-off stage. The match was a closely-fought affair with two of the best defences in the league going head to head.
But Abhishek’s raiding, backed up by some incredible defence by Sandeep Narwal and Surinder, opened up a lead for U Mumba as it inflicted an all-out on Gujarat to move to a five points lead with eight minutes still left for half time.
Rohit Gulia found chinks in the U Mumba armour after the all-out and his eight-point half helped the Gujarat team claw its way back with an all-out with under two minutes to play. The first half ended with both the sides locked at 16-16.
The second half continued to be the same with both defences trading blows. Unfortunately for Gujarat, Sunil Kumar picked up an injury, which disrupted the team’s structure. With Arjun Deshwal out for U Mumba with an injury, the raiding responsibilities were solely on the shoulders of Abhishek.
The raider produced a two-point raid in the 13th minute after which the Mumbai defence successfully tackled Gujarat’s Sachin for a three-point lead after a long time. The raider picked his game up and helped U Mumba secure an all-out with less than three minutes left in the match to move to a six-point lead.
The defence held firm in the final minutes to clinch an important victory for the Mumbai side.