Mumbai: After an unexpected break for a day due to heavy rains, it was back to business as captain Anup Kumar and raider Shrikant Jadhav put on a brilliant show and combined to score 14 points as hosts U Mumba defeated Haryana Steelers 38-32 in a Pro Kabaddi encounter here on Wednesday.
Haryana Steelers did not have a good first half as their defence struggled to score points. Anup Kumar scored eight points for U Mumba whereas Vikas Kandola took nine points for Haryana Steelers.
U Mumba now have 24 points from 10 games and are fourth in Zone A whereas Haryana Steelers are fourth with 23 points from seven games. Both teams began the match on equal footing by trading raid and tackle points as it was 2-2 after two minutes.
Shrikant Jadhav made a successful raid in the fifth minute as U Mumba led 5-2. Anup Kumar extended U Mumba’s lead to 7-2 with his first successful raid in the sixth minute.
U Mumba inflicted the first all out in the 11th minute to lead 15-10. Shrikant Jadhav extended U Mumba’s lead to 18-10 as he scored with a three-point raid.
U Mumba went into the break leading 20-15. The home team began the second half strongly and led 23- 16 after 22 minutes.
Haryana Steelers inflicted an all out in the 24th minute to trail 22-25.
U Mumba took control of the game as they scored tackle points to lead 34-30 after 34 minutes.
Shrikant Jadhav scored with a raid point in the 36th minute as U Mumba led 35-30. U Mumba defence held on strongly as they did not allow Steelers’ raiders to score points in the last five minutes to win 38-32.
U Mumba 38 (Anup Kumar 8, Kuldeep Singh 7, Shrikant Jadhav 6,Kashiling Adake 4, Hadi Oshtorak 4, Surinder Singh 3) beat Haryana Steelers 32 (Vikas Kandola 9, Wazir Singh 7, Deepak Kumar Dahiya 5, Mohit Chhillar 3).
Top Raider: Anup Kumar (U Mumba)
Top Defender: Kuldeep Singh (U Mumba)