Defender Jeeva inspires U Mumba to victory

U Mumba trounced Jaipur Pink Panthers 29-28 to win the thrilling opener of the second edition of the Pro Kabaddi League held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in National Sports Club Of India (NSCI), Worli on Saturday.

U Mumba players foil a Jaipur Pink Panthers raid. Pic/Atul Kamble
U Mumba players foil a Jaipur Pink Panthers raid. Pic/Atul Kamble 

Both teams were neck-to-neck from the start, but it was the hosts that ended the first half with a 16-15 lead. In the second half, Jaipur showed more aggression in the raids, but it wasn't enough as they lost the match narrowly by one point.

Two minutes before time, the Mumbai side had a 28-26 advantage, but a failed raid from U Mumba captain Anup Kumar saw him getting out. It was Jeeva Kumar's defensive excellence in the last minute that saved the match for the hosts.

Jeeva was adjudged the Best Defender of the Match. Meanwhile in the second game, Bengaluru Bulls beat Bengal Warriors 33-25.

Even Bollywood stars learn to adjust

Jaipur Pink Panthers had some serious star power backing them yesterday. Apart from owner Abhishek Bachchan, his father Amitabh, wife Aishwarya and mother Jaya, actors Riteish Deshmukh and wife Genelia, Aamir Khan, Sonu Sood, Suneil Shetty, Dino Morea, Asin, director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rishi Kapoor and former India cricket captain Kapil Dev were also present.

The VIP box was buzzing with action and celebrities had to adjust with the space crunch. Riteish and wife Genelia shared one chair while Sonu Sood was seen sitting on the stairs of the VIP box, before he was shifted to another place after the end of the second half.

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