Abhishek Singh was the star for U Mumbai as they beat the Telugu Titans 42-35 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 match at The Sheraton Grand in Whitefield here on Saturday.
The Mumbai team dominated most of the match with Abhishek scoring 15 raid points and Fazal Atrachali six tackle points. Adarsh won the Super 10 for the Titans but did not get the backup needed to challenge Mumbai in the second match of the night.
U Mumbai started the match aggressively with a quick touch from Abhishek Singh and gave him points. Rahul Sethpal and Fazal Atrachali ensured that their defense was also intensive as Mumbai took an early lead. They made their first all-out in the seventh minute to open a healthy lead.
But the Titans, refreshed by the win against Jaipur Pink Panthers, made a comeback. Adarsh was a hero to the Titans as his multiple raids allowed him to reduce the Mumbai men on the mat. Two super tackles by U Mumbai gave them valuable points, but the Titans had them all out with two minutes left.
At half time, Mumbai had a five point lead with a score of 22-17 but the momentum was with the Telugu team.
Mumbai ensured that there was no immediate slip-up in the second half as captain Fazal Atrachali ran at high 5. Ajit Kumar also got into acting, earning important raid points to ensure that his formmate Abhishek Sangh did not spend. Lots of time on the dugout.
Surinder Singh and Adarsh TA continued to do their best to bring the Titans back into the game, but they trailed by eight points with 10 minutes on the clock.
Adarsh’s raid helped the Titans close the gap at the last minute as Mumbai’s defense started leaking points. But due to a 2-point raid by Ajinkya Pawar, U Mumbai maintained a seven-point lead in the final minute.
Adarsh picked Super 10 for his efforts but Mumbai got a very big lead for him to wipe out alone.