VIVO Pro Kabaddi League 2019: U Mumba in top 4 after win over Gujarat Fortunegiants

A Super 10 by raider Abhishek Singh helped U Mumba to cruise to the fourth spot on standings and secure a 31-25 win over Gujarat Fortunegiants

VIVO Pro Kabaddi League 2019: U Mumba in top 4 after win over Gujarat Fortunegiants


In a positive outcome for U Mumba, the team moved to fourth in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7 standings after a 31-25 win over Gujarat Fortunegiants at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.

The hero of the match, Abhishek Singh picked up a Super 10 with Surinder Singh being U Mumba’s most efficient defender with four tackle points.

During the early minutes of the match, Gujarat Fortunegiants picked up the first couple of points and enjoyed the better of opening exchanges. They had a narrow 5-3 lead after the first five minutes, but U Mumba grew into the game and tied to contest at 5-5 before Gujarat Fortunegiants could build on their lead. U Mumba then got their noses in front going into the last 10 minutes of the half and took control of the contest momentarily by inflicting an All-Out to take an 11-6 lead.

However, unfazed and with their confidence still intact, Gujarat Fortunegiants came roaring back into the match and tied things up at 12-12. They went on to enforce an All-Out soon after thanks to a two-point raid by Rohit Gulia that made it 16-14 in favour of his side.

The final few minutes of the first period though saw U Mumba score two unanswered points to stick with the ebb-and-flow nature of the encounter and make it 16-16 at halftime.

The opening 10 minutes of the second period were similar to the first half with neither team managing to create a big lead at any point as the score remained tied at 20-20 heading into the final quarter of the match. A two-point raid by Abhishek with six minutes left to play, however, gave U Mumba some momentum.

A successful tackle by Surinder in the subsequent raid then extended U Mumba’s advantage to three points, while also reducing Gujarat Fortunegiants to three men on the court. Back-to-back successful raids by Abhishek shortly after reduced Gujarat Fortunegiants to a sole man and eventually helped U Mumba enforce another All-Out to take a 29-23 lead with a little less than two and a half minutes left on the clock.

Gujarat Fortunegiants continued to fight till the end and looked to keep the margin of defeat minimal, while U Mumba aimed at running down the clock. U Mumba eventually registered a six-point win, meaning Gujarat Fortunegiants got a point, while Tamil Thalaivas became the first team to get knocked out of playoff contention this season.  

Top Performers:

U Mumba

Best Raider:  Abhishek Singh (11 Raid Points)

Best Defender: Surinder Singh (4 Tackle Points)

Gujarat Fortunegiants

Best Raider – Rohit Gulia (8 Raid Points)

Best Defender – Ruturaj Koravi (2 Tackle Points)

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