Rohit Baliyan sizzled with a last-minute Tremendous Raid as heavyweights U Mumba edged out three-time champions Patna Pirates 34-30 in an important encounter of the Professional Kabaddi League season seven right here on Friday.
Each former champions went into the match after a patchy run of kind with extra losses than wins of their earlier seven matches however U Mumba’s intelligent technique lastly paid dividends as they surpassed a error-prone Patna in a thriller.
The primary half began brightly for the Pirates with Pardeep Narwal selecting up some extent in his very first raid and sending Mumbai’s key defender Surinder Singh to the dugout.
However U Mumba weathered the early storm and clawed their approach again within the sport. Their star defender Sandeep Narwal produced a brilliant deal with within the fifth minute to knockout Pardeep and stage the factors.
An error in judgment by Patna raider Jang Kun Lee, stepping out of bounds, handed one other two factors and the momentum to the Mumbai aspect.
Sandeep Narwal’s all-round effort, which additionally noticed him attain a Professional Kabaddi milestone of 500 factors, and Athul MS’ raiding greater than coated up for the absence of their raider Abhishek Singh.
In reality, it was his 17th minute raid that fetched U Mumbai two essential factors and decreased Patna to a single participant on the mat, paving the best way for the match’s first all-out.
The primary half ended 22-9 in favour of U Mumba.
Pirates began the second-half strongly, largely because of the introduction of Harendra Kumar who introduced extra defensive stability into the crew.
A much-improved efficiency from Korean raider Lee helped Patna shut the hole on Mumbai and inflict an all-out within the 11th minute of the second half.
Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou’s raid with seven minutes remaining on the clock took out each Surinder Singh and Sandeep Narwal to cut back the hole to five factors.
The Iranian was within the thick of issues for Patna within the last minutes with two profitable raids.
The dying moments of the match have been a frenzy with Patna sniffing one other all-out however Rohit Baliyan produced a collection of raids, together with a brilliant raid within the last minute of the match to see U Mumba by.
“We made a lot of advanced tackles and mistakes in the defence. Especially in crucial moments where the game should have shifted balance in favour for us,” lamented Patna coach Ram Meher Singh who noticed his aspect drop to ninth within the desk.
U Mumba captain Fazel Atrachali blamed the referee’s poor efficiency within the sport however was additionally fast to level out that his aspect was maybe a little bit fortunate to go residence with a win.
The Mumbai crew’s victory helped them climb to fourth within the desk.