Shabeer Bappu (13) assisted by captain Anup Kumar (8) recovered from two all-outs to secure a memorable 37-34 win for the U Mumbai against the UP Yoddha. Rishank Devadiga was the top scorer on the day for the hosts, playing their first game at home, but it eventually proved insufficient in the end.
Rishank Devadiga gets UP Yoddha off to a storming start
U Mumba skipper invited home side UP Yoddha to
Kashiling Adake returned the favour with a point of his own, in the very next attempt, but faltered in a do-or-die raid when he was pinned down by a resolute Yoddha defence before the home team inflicted the first all-out of the match to take the score to 12-6. Rajesh Narwal stopped Adake in his tracks before Devadiga raided the U Mumba half successfully once again to extend their lead to 8 points. The visitors finally got hold of Devadiga and Shabeer Bappu followed it up with a successful raid to bring some respite for his team. The visitors looked to find their feet back in the game when Surender Singh blocked Mahesh Goud and Shabeer Bappu grabbed two touch points, in a do or die raid, to take the score to 12-15 at the stroke of half time.
Devadiga’s heroics in vain as U Mumba register a slender win
The second half resumed with only two Yoddha players on the mat and Shabeer Bappu added to their troubles by reducing the team to a single player before showing his defensive skills and dashing
Darshan Kadian, playing his second
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