Pro Kabaddi League: U Mumba and Puneri Paltan Game Ends in a Tie
 Puneri Paltan and U Mumba played out a scintillating tie on the opening day of the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Puneri Paltan and U Mumba played out a scintillating tie on the opening day of the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League.(Photo Courtesy: VIVO Pro Kabaddi - Star Sports)

Pro Kabaddi League: U Mumba and Puneri Paltan Game Ends in a Tie

In the much-anticipated Maharashtra derby, Puneri Paltan and U Mumba played out a scintillating tie on the opening day of the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League. The second match of the season ended with scores of 32-32 after Puneri Paltan came from behind in the last few seconds to salvage a draw. U Mumba debutant Siddharth Desai scored 14 raid points whereas Nitin Tomar contributed 15 points for Puneri Paltan.

The match remained neck-to-neck from the word go. Desai started in fine raiding form but so did Nitin Tomar, and scores were level 4-4 after four minutes. It was a closely-contested first half with both teams trading raid points. They were evenly matched and Desai and Nitin Tomar kept the raids going for their teams.

U Mumba debutant Siddharth Desai scored 14 raid points.
U Mumba debutant Siddharth Desai scored 14 raid points.
(Photo Courtesy: VIVO Pro Kabaddi - Star Sports)

Puneri Paltan forced a super tackle in the 12th minute to lead 11-10. Siddharth Desai scored with a two-point raid in the 15th minute to give his team a 13-11 lead. U Mumba inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 17-14 after 16 minutes.

Both teams were evenly matched in the first half and U Mumba went into the break holding a slender two-point lead. It was 20-18 in U Mumba’s favour at the end of the first half.

Siddharth scored a super raid to give U Mumba 25-21 lead after 24 minutes. Nitin Tomar continued to get raid points for Puneri Paltan and achieved a super 10 in the second half.

For U Mumba the bulk of scoring came from Siddharth Desai whereas the experienced duo of Fazel Atrachali and Dharmaraj Cherlathan got tackle points.

For U Mumba the experienced duo of Fazel Atrachali and Dharmaraj Cherlathan got the bulk of tackle points.
For U Mumba the experienced duo of Fazel Atrachali and Dharmaraj Cherlathan got the bulk of tackle points.
(Photo Courtesy: VIVO Pro Kabaddi - Star Sports)

It was anyone’s match till the last few minutes with U Mumba leading 31-29 with just under two minutes left on the clock. Dharmaraj Cheralathan came up with a great tackle in the 40th minute as he sent Nitin Tomar to the bench. U Mumba led 32-30.

Puneri Paltan scored two quick points in the dying seconds to tie the match at 32-32.

The Bravest Moment of the match came from the Puneri Paltan defence in the last seconds as they stopped Desai from crossing the white line and tackled him.

On Monday, 8 October, Puneri Paltan will take on Haryana Steelers whereas Tamil Thaliavas will play UP Yoddhas.

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