Pro Kabaddi League: Can U Mumba break free against Panthers?
Home team U Mumba will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers in the final of the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League at the NSCI Stadium in Worli here on Sunday
Home team U Mumba will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers in the final of the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League at the NSCI Stadium in Worli here on Sunday.
Rishank Devadia of U Mumba (in orange) tries to break the shackles against Patna Pirates in a league match last month. Pic/Atul Kamble.
The Panthers outclassed Patna Pirates in the first semi final on Friday after which Mumba packed enough punches to get past Bengaluru Bulls, leading to what promises to be an interesting summit contest.
Asked what the turning point in the league stage was, Panthers skipper Navneet Gautam said their performance against Patna Pirates and Telugu Titans were crucial.
"Our matches against Patna and Vizag were the most crucial ones and proved to be turning point for us, giving us a good leads," said top defender Gautam.
Mumba captain and star raider Anup Kumar, who has brought off 116 successful raids in the tournament so far, singled out the win over Dabang Delhi in Bangalore in the final league phase as the crucial one.
"The most important win was against Dabang Delhi where we won by seven points, qualifying for the semis.
I feel this match was a turning point because the team really stepped up to the challenge and played wonderfully well under pressure, making us very confident."