Riding on Siddharth Desai’s scintillating raiding performance U Mumba rallied to beat Dabang Delhi 41-34 in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6 (PKL 2018). U Mumba trailed by nine points in the first half but produced a soild performance in the second half. Desai had a strong second half as he scored 19 points as he proved to be the difference between two sides. Dabang Delhi led for most of the match but their defence failed to contain Desai in the second half. Naveen Kumar
scored 12 points for Dabang Delhi but just like his team he had a quiet second half.
Dabang Delhi’s raiders got into the act early to give their team 4-1 lead after four minutes. Vinod Kumar got a two-point raid as U Mumba reduced the deficit and trailed 3-4. Naveen Kumar
and Chandran Ranjit put in successful raids as Dabang Delhi looked the better team and inflicted an all out in the 7th minute to lead 10-5.
U Mumba’s famed defence was having trouble to put in tackles as Naveen Kumar
was in fine form. Rohit Baliyan put in excellent raids as U Mumba fought back to level the match at 11-11 after 13 minutes.
Naveen Kumar had different ideas though as he scored four raid points in 5 minutes as Dabang Delhi inflicted another all out to lead 21-13. At the end of the first half Delhi enjoyed a nine-point lead with the score 22-13. U Mumba could score just two tackle points in the first half with Fazel Atrachali
having a really quiet game.
got a super raid in at the start of the second half as U Mumba started to mount a comeback. Fazel Atrachali
put in a strong tackle on Chandran Ranjit as U Mumba trailed 17-22.
Joginder Narwal’s strong tackle on Siddharth Desai
got Delhi two more points as it was a super tackle. Dabang Delhi led 26-19 after 27 minutes but were down to four men.
Desai made a brilliant super raid in the 30th minute which got five points for U Mumba as they trailed 25-26. Naveen Kumar got his super 10 in the 33rd minute as Dabang Delhi held a slender 29-28 lead.
It was all square at 30-30 with less than four minutes to play as both teams continued to exchange points. U Mumba however inflicted an all out in the 38th minute to lead 36-32 and that all out confirmed their victory. A four-point raid by Desai in the 39th minute just added gloss to the scoreline as U Mumba asserted their supremacy in style.