Fire Birds led by former India skipper Mamtha Poojari clinched the inaugural match of the Women's Kabaddi Challenge (WKC) convincingly yesterday.
A Fire Birds raider (left) is tackled by Ice Divas’ defenders during their Women's Kabaddi Challenge match yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
Riding on an all-round performance from Mamtha and Payel Chowdhury (5 points each), Fire Birds beat Ice Divas 25-12 with the Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj in attendance at the National Sports Club of India, Worli yesterday.
Fire Birds succeeded in taking a 13-8 lead at the end of first half. Birds' raiders kept the pressure on Divas throughout the match.
Abhilasha Mhatre-led Ice Divas managed to earn only four points in the second half. Khushubu Narwal and Abhilasha contributed with four and three points respectively.
Meanwhile, Pro Kabaddi witnessed the first tied match of Season IV as the encounter between Puneri Paltan and Dabang Delhi ended 27-27 yesterday.