U MUMBA began the Lucknow leg with a 37-34 win over hosts U.P. Yoddha at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium on Friday. Rishank Devadiga scored a game-high 14 points for the Yoddha, including a Super 10 but Mumbaiâ€™s Shabeer Bappu â€“ who was nursing a concussion from his previous match â€“ scored 13 points to take his team to victory.
Lucknowâ€™s opening raid of the night yielded their first point from captain Nitin Tomar, while their second raid of the match ended up being a super raid courtesy of ex-U Mumba star Devadiga, who made it 4-0 against his former side in just the 2nd minute.
Devadiga seemed to have the better of his former employers early on and raided successfully at will with Mumbaiâ€™s defence struggling to cope with his swift running hand-touch. The hostsâ€™ first tackle point came in the ninth minute through Pankaj. The Yoddha then went on to inflict their first All-Out of the game on U Mumba to open up a 12-4 lead.
Mumbaiâ€™s defence finally managed to successfully tackle Devadiga in the 16th minute, which allowed them to close the gap on Lucknow to 15-12 at half-time on the back of five raid points from Bappu and four raid points from Anup Kumar. The home sideâ€™s leading raider was Devadiga, who accounted for six touch points in the opening period.
U Mumba turned the tide two minutes into the second half by inflicting an All-Out on Lucknow to tie things up at 16-16. The visitors took the lead two minutes later after a two-point raid by Bappu that made it 18-17.
Old boy Devadiga, however, kept on coming back to haunt Mumbai with swift raids that helped his team re-establish their lead at 20-19 six minutes into the half. He bagged his second super raid of the match moments later â€“ to bring up his Super 10 â€“ and make it 23-20. Not to be forgotten amidst all this was Tomar who suddenly burst into life with quick raids to herald in a second All-Out on Mumbai.
Credit to U Mumba though for sticking to their task and returning the favour by inflicting a second All-Out of the night of their own on Lucknow to take a 35-31 lead with four minutes to play. A successful tackle on Devadiga in the penultimate minute and a successful raid by Bappu in the final minute helped Mumbai complete an incredible comeback.
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