RAIDER ANUP KUMAR and Bhupender Singh scripted an easy 31-17 win for U Mumba against Bengal Warriors in Season 2 of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi at the Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium in the national capital on Sunday. With their ninth win in ten outings and a tally of 45 points the Mumbai side have more or less booked a semis berth.
The fact that U Mumba achieved this feat without star raider Shabeer Bapu and the upcoming Rishank Devadiga speaks volumes of the depth in their ranks. Two all-outs inflicted against the opponents, once in each half tilted the scales totally in Mumba’s favour. Making the most of his first outing, Pradeep Kumar contributed four points including a bonus. His efforts combined with Bhupender's stunning raids helped the winners sail comfortably.
Bhupender contributed five points and Anup seven to help their side stamp their authority.Starting cautiously, the teams logged nine points in the first ten minutes with the winners leading 6-3. As defender Mohit Chhillar got into the act of getting his holds and blocks right U Mumba gradually left the Warriors far behind to inflict the first all-out by the 19th minute. They trooped off for the break with a comfortable 20-15 lead.
The resumption of play saw Anup guide his forces astutely. He had full faith in Bhupender and the man allotted the do-or-die responsibility did it well. Anup himself added four to his tally while getting the second all-out which boosted his team’s tally to 28-15 in the 37th minute. With both Jang Kun Lee and Mahendra Rajput looking off-colour and the U Mumba raiders outwitting the Bengal defence, the mountain to the play-offs looks mighty to climb for Bengal Warriors.
Speaking on their performance today, captain Anup Kumar said
“We dominated the whole game from start to finish. We had a strong offence and defence and a strong team overall. We hope to remain on the top because then we will meet the fourth placed team who may be easier to beat in the play-offs.”