PKL 7: Bengal Warriors face U Mumba in a close competition
KOLKATA: Bengal Warriors hit U Mumba 29-26 in a close fight Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 Contest here on Wednesday.
Sukesh Hegde (8 points) and Mohammad Nabibakhsh (4 tackle points) were the stars of the home team that had to rely on a Rinku Narwal Super Tackle at the last minute to seal the game against local fans at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium.
U Mumba will take positives from the match despite the defeat with Arjun Deshwal impressing with a career-best tally of 14 raid points (15 in total).
The home team started with the back foot when young Arjun Deshwal, in the back of a winning game performance for the Mumbai team on Tuesday, started the game with a three-point Super Raid.
U Mumba's recent turn in form has largely been down to the improved raiding by Arjun and Abhishek Singh, but Warriors ensured that they didn't run away with the game after the initial minutes.
Maninder Singh, Mohammad Nabibakhsh and Sukesh Hegde (replacing K. Prapanjan in the line-up) soon got their act together as they capitalized on a poor defensive performance by U Mumba.
The Warriors achieved their first All-Out in the 16th minute to open a six-point lead. Arjun's Super Raid in the final minutes of the first half, however, reduced the margin as the sides entered the break with a score of 16-13 in favor of Warriors.
The second half was a repeat of the first, as U Mumba 's good work in the raids continued to get undone by errors in the defense.
Arjun raced to his Super 10 for the Mumbai unit, but Warriors maintained their lead without having to break a sweat. Iranian all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh impressed with his tackling while Sukesh Hegde proved to be an able replacement for Prapanjan as the home side clung on to their lead.
Fazel Atrachali's calming presence on the mat rubbed off on U Mumba 's young raiders as they repaid his faith to cut the lead to a point with under a minute remaining. But Rinku Narwal came up with a massive Super Tackle in the final minute to seal the match for the home side.