U Mumba continued their winning streak as they beat Puneri Paltans at Pune on Monday. It was a neck to neck match, but U Mumba got points in succession that sealed the match for U Mumba. U Mumba has been in excellent form and it needs something special from other teams to beat U Mumba.
The first half began with both teams earning 1 point each. Pradeep Kumar earned the second point for U Mumba. The next 2 raids went empty. Sanjay Kumar and Pradeep Kumar were caught in their respective raids because of a do or die raid. Jitesh Joshi got a touch point to equal the scores at 3-3. Pawan Kumar raid was empty. Amit Rathi for Pune got a point for a 4-3 lead. Bhupendra Singh raid was empty. Sanjay Kumar was caught to level the scores again at 4-4. Dhul was caught to hand a 5-4 lead for Pune. The next 2 raids were empty again. Amit Rathi was tackled by Bhupendra Singh to level the scores again at 5-5. Pradeep got 3 points as it was a first super raid of the match. Sanjay Kumar raid was empty. Bhupendra Singh was tackled and Pune got 2 points. Jitesh Joshi earned a bonus point. Prajpan raid was empty. Amit Rathi got 2 points and in the next Pradeep got a toe touch to reduce the gap to 9-10 in favor of Pune. The next 1 raid for each team went empty. Mumbai earned 1 technical point because the raider did not start the raid in particular time. Pawan Kumar raid was empty. Prajpan was caught and in the next raid Sanjay Kumar got a point to equal the score at 12-12. The next 1 raid for each team went empty. Pawan Kumar was caught to give a 13-12 lead for Pune, but Mumbai asked for a review and the decision stood as the raider was given out for not crossing the line. Amit Rathi was caught to equal the score at 13-13. The next 2 raids for each went empty. At the end of first half, the scores were equal at 13-13.
In the second half, Sanjay Kumar started the raid for Pune as the next 3 raids went empty. Tushar Patil earned the first point. Prajpan earned a bonus point but Pune asked for a review and the decision stood as raider out to give Pune 15-13 lead. Tushar Patil and Pradeep Singh raids went empty. Sanjay Kumar was caught and Mumbai earned 2 points as it was a super tackle and U Mumba got 2 points to level the scores at 15-15. Bhupendra Singh raid was empty. Tushar Patil earned 1 point. Bhupendra Singh was tackled and Pune earned 1 point. Bhupendra Singh was tackled and in the next raid Tushar Patil was tackled to give U Mumba 2 points to equal the scores at 18-18. Pune earned 1 technical point because Mumbai raider did not start in particular time. Pawan Kumar earned 3 points and got a super raid for 21-18. Then they moved to 19 followed by all out of Pune led UMumba to lead 27-20. After Revival of Pune team, they’re 2 raid points behind. Pawan Kumar got 2 points in his 10th raid and Sanjay Kumar was tackled well taking UMumba to 32. Manoj Gul was also tackled in next raid. In the last raid of UM, the last man surrendered and Pune was all out for the second time in the second half only. After revival Vimod was tackled again so was Tushar Kumar of UMumba taking the score to 37-24. A successful raid, by Pawan Kumar followed by another tackle of Aibura of Pune took the lead to 39-24 in favor UM, when a time-out was taken. Sanjay Kumar took 2 points raid. Next Omkar of UMumba was tackled in the first raid itself and Pune raced to 30 points. Last man Pradeep of UMumba was tackled and UM were all out that did not change the result as UMumba won 39-34. UM scored 6 touch and 4 tackle points more than 11 & 13 points respectively of Pune, that got them their 13th game.