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PKL 2019: U Mumba seal play-off berth with win over Patna Pirates

Bengaluru, October 3: U Mumba produced a clinical performance to beat Patna Pirates 30-26 and seal a place in the play-off of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season seven.

U Mumba captain 'Sultan' Fazel Atrachali led from the front as U Mumba neutralised Patna's Pardeep Narwal with a strong performance in the defence in front of a packed audience at Panchkula's Tau Devilal Sports Complex.

U Mumba started the first half brightly with the defence taking an aggressive stance from the first minute. The Mumbai side played like a team keen on sealing a play-off berth and Atrachali set the tone early with double thigh hold tackle on Patna's lead raider Narwal in the very first minute of the match.

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Abhishek Singh, ably supported by Athul MS, provided the firepower for Mumba in the raids as Mumbai cruised to a lead.

The season two champions clinched their first All-Out of the match in the 9th minute to open up an 8-point lead. Atrachali reached the milestone of 300 overall points in PKL in the process.

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But Patna clawed their way back in the closing stages of the half thanks largely to improved performances by Narwal and Jang Kun Lee. The 'Dubki King' Narwal produced a two-point raid with under three minutes left for the half time to reduce Mumba's lead to 5 points. The half ended 17-13 with Mumbai on top.

U Mumba started the second half with a Super Tackle on Narwal but Patna composed themselves to stay in the match despite the latter being off the court for a long duration.

Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou impressed with his all-round efforts while Lee's improved raiding also helped Patna stay in touch. Atrachali meanwhile was giving everyone a masterclass on captaincy, marshalling and motivating his troops to stick to the gameplan.

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His pat on the head of Young Chang Ko after a mistimed tackle by the Korean indicated a strong sense of unity Atrachali had inculcated in the team. Patna got lucky with six minutes remaining when Lee ventured out-of-bound and took three U Mumba defenders with him.

With the point margin reduced to just a point and momentum heavily on Patna's side, the three-time champions might have smelled an All-Out but Rohit Baliyan's kick helped U Mumba revive another player to stay in the lead. The Mumbai defence held firm in the final minutes to clinch a seat in the play-offs.

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Story first published: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 20:55 [IST]
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