Bengaluru Bulls beat U Mumba by 30-26 in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 7 match at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai on Sunday, coutesy Bengluru’s raider Pawan Sehrawat.
Sehrawat proved to be the saviour for Bengaluru as he completed a Super 10 against the defensively strong U Mumba to help his side to a close win in a low-scoring thriller. He scored 11 points for his team — 9 raid points and 2 bonus.
This was Bengaluru Bulls’ third win from the thirteen matches they have played so far with U Mumba in the history of PKL.
The home side displayed a strong performance in their home stadium against Puneri Paltan and were more than ready to face Bengaluru, against whom they have their second best record with 10 victories. However, Sehrawat’s Super 10 single-handedly flipped the table for Bengaluru as they sneaked their way through victory.
Strong performances by Arjun Deshwal and Fazel Atrachali went in vain as some unforced errors towards the end cost them the match.
Things started to even out when the previous match’s super-sub Deshwal from U Mumba was called out of bounds after a review by Bengaluru. Bengaluru took the lead by the 11th minute but Atrachali’s men covered the lead by the 14th minute.
Meanwhile, Sehrawat got his 300th raid point in the form of a sneaky back kick on Atrachali.
The game continued to shift from one team to the other as the first half ended with Bengaluru leading 13-11.
U Mumba carried some momentum in the second half after they got Bengaluru All-Out in the 24th minute to take the lead from Bengaluru to 16-13. Sehrawat made an immediate comeback as he flipped over a diving Sandeep Narwal’s back to cross the mid-line. Sehrawat had to keep his persona at side as he played cautiously with no help from his fellow raiders, while U Mumba’s Deshwal continued to prove himself as more than just a one match wonder as he got 6 touch points in a game.
Sehrawat made a strong raid as he got Narwal and danger man Deshwal in his 37th minute raid to inch closer to U Mumba with the score reading 23-22. It was an unforced error by Rohit Baliyan when he was the last man on the mat for U Mumba as he entered the lobby without a touch which inferred an All-Out on U Mumba.
It was a slim lead but strong enough for Bengaluru Bulls to take over the match with the score reading 30-26 in their favour.
(With inputs from IANS)