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U Mumba close out thrilling draw against Telugu Titans



The home team constructed a brilliant comeback to secure 3 points

21st July, 2016, Mumbai: In a nail-biting night for home fans, U Mumba scripted a memorable tie against Telugu Titans to keep their play-off hopes alive despite having a lead of 9 points at one stage in the match. They now sit in fourth position with 35 points from 6 wins and 1 draw.

U Mumba close out thrilling draw against Telugu Titans


The match began at a pace that was uncomfortable for the Season 3 finalists who were quickly pushed onto the back foot and reduced to 4 men after star raider Rishank Devadiga and defensive duo Surjeet and Jeeva Kumar were eliminated. Telugu Titans were holding on to a lead of 4 points when captain Anup Kumar decided to take matters into his own hand and began the comeback process. Two touch points and Titans raider Rahul Chaudhari super tackled by Anup himself, the scores became level at 7 all after 10 minutes. This gave the home team the impetus to push forward for the early lead. Suresu Kumar managed to keep the ball rolling and returned with two points in a fantastic raid that saw him weave through the Titans defence. This pushed U Mumba into the lead and soon in a turn of events, with Sandeep Narwal as the Telugu Titans were all-out in the 16th minute with the score 13-7 in favour of the home team. So strong was the U Mumba defence that they managed to subdue both Rahul and former U Mumba raider Prapanjan to bring the score to 16-7 at half-time.

At this point, the home team had scored 10 points in succession without allowing the Titans to score even one point. But when the second half began, it seemed like a different Telugu Titans outfit had come to the mat. A gross error by substitute raider Surender Singh where he stepped into the lobby without touching any defender saw the lead built up by U Mumba being eaten away. Roles were reversed with Suresu and Anup unsuccessful in their raids, leading U Mumba to the inevitable all-out that came in the 27th minute with the score 17-16 in favour of the home team. A series of mistakes saw two men left on the mat for U Mumba when coach Bhaskaran decided to bring back Rishank who then began a frenetic two minutes of the game. First Rishank managed to get in a quick raid with a bonus point. Sandeep Narwal decided to chase him and managed to touch Rishank right when Rakesh Kumar stepped on to the mat. Rakesh then went in to raid and secured two points which brought the score to 22-23 after a manic two minutes. Barely a breather taken when Rahul Chaudhari was once again in the midst of a super tackle, this time orchestrated by Jeeva Kumar, levelling the scores at 24 all. A smart substitution of Vikash Kumar managed to get a touch point after Rakesh was tackled, thus ending the game 25 all and sharing the spoils around.

Captain Anup Kumar was glad about the result, noting that a loss would have complicated things. "We had the match in our hands but our defence slipped in the final moments. I'm glad we had a tie though because a loss would have made things difficult." Commenting on the rise in stature of Suresu Kumar as a key raider, Anup said, "Suresu is playing well. His footwork and dodging have been impressive."

U Mumba will now take on Bengaluru Bulls in their third home match on 22nd July at Dome @ NSCI SVP Stadium.

Anup Kumar stretches during a raid against Telugu Titans in their match on Thursday
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U Mumba take derby revenge on the back of Captain Anup Kumar



The Season 3 finalists begin their home leg with a 34-31 win over local rivals Puneri Paltan

20th July, 2016, Mumbai: In a positive start to their home campaign, U Mumba exacted sweet revenge over state rivals Puneri Paltan, beating them 34-31 in a strong performance led by their captain Anup Kumar who top scored with 11 points overall. This win pushes them into the top four with 32 points from 6 wins.

 Captain Anup Kumar top scored in the match against Puneri Paltan, scoring 9 raid points and 11 points in total

U Mumba take derby revenge on the back of Captain Anup Kumar
Surjeet was adjudged the best defender of the match, single handedly tackling the Puneri raiders

It was imperative for the home team to begin the match strongly because of the memories of their loss to Puneri Paltan earlier in the season. Despite a couple of quick points by captain Anup, it looked like U Mumba would need to pull something spectacular out of the bag to defeat the Pune outfit. The star of their previous encounter, Ajay Thakur was surprisingly ineffective in the first 5 minutes and was kept quiet by the defence of Jeeva Kumar and Surjeet who used brute force through his dashes to keep the raider at bay. Star raider for U Mumba Rishank Devadiga used the support of his home crowd to get back in groove, scoring a vital two points in a do or die raid that saw the Pune outfit being reduced to two men. The all-out might have been delayed by Sonu Narwal but it eventually came in the 17th minute with the score moving to 14-9. The early lead was quickly reduced through an Ajay Thakur super raid that saw both captain Anup and Rakesh Kumar being eliminated. This came just at the cusp of half-time, with the score being 15-13.


With two men left on the mat for the home team, Rishank tried to put his defensive talents to use but despite a substitute being used in Vikash Kumar, the all-out came for U Mumba just 3 minute after half-time giving Puneri Paltan a lead of 3 points. Anup continued to impress despite being tackled for the first time in the match but Pune looked rejuvenated by the all-out that they had secured and continued to maintain that three-point lead. A technical point was awarded to U Mumba through Joginder Narwal being handed a yellow card and from then on, U Mumba never looked back. Rishank continued to churn out successful raids while Anup put in a couple of superb ankle holds in defence to hold off Ajay Thakur. An impressive dash by Surjeet on Sonu Narwal didn't have the desired effect but the Pune outfit were soon reduced to two men and there for the taking. Preetham Chhillar, the last man for Pune, came in to raid but was no match for the power of Surjeet, the second all-out for Pune coming in the 37th minute and taking the score to 30-27. Ajay Thakur managed to touch Rakesh in the raid after that but with Anup's quick thinking and a chase, the raider found himself out of the mat before he could return to the formation. A couple of tackles and an error by Rakesh that saw him step out of the lobby rounded off the match with the captain himself riding out the buzzer raid to seal the 34-31 win and a good start to the home campaign.

The captain, who scored 11 points (9 raid points and 2 tackle points), reminded everyone of how the team used to play earlier. "Tonight we felt it was the U Mumba of old. We must keep up this performance in the remaining games." When asked about the effect that the absence of Puneri captain Manjeet Chhillar had on the game, Coach Bhaskaran conceded that while he was talented, they won on their own merit. "Everyone knows what a good player Manjeet is. Of course he would have made an impact to the game. But I won't say we won because he wasn't in."


U Mumba take on Telugu Titans tomorrow on the 21st of July at Dome @ NSCI SVP Stadium.


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"We have played the last three seasons with confidence and freedom and will aim to do so again this leg", Ronnie Screwvala



U Mumba to commence their home leg on 20 July at Dome @NSCI SVP on the back of mixed bag of matches

19th July, 2016, Mumbai: As U Mumba start their home leg for Season 4 of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi, the pressure on the team while apparent is not acknowledged. Addressing the press the day before the start of their home leg, Coach E Bhaskaran, a constant the last four seasons, admitted that the season had not panned out as planned and while disappointed in the performance to date, was first to recognize that the mistakes being made were rectifiable.

"We have played the last three seasons with confidence and freedom and will aim to do so again this leg", Ronnie Screwvala


"I am not too delighted with the performance to date, because, the individual performance and the talent of each player has not translated into on-mat performances except for perhaps in two games. We have been making small mistakes, which have set us back, and we have been training day-in and day-out to avoid repeating those same mistakes. We have to win 3 of our 5 games remaining, but for me, the challenge is to win all 5 games - post those victories will I be able to breathe easy. We look forward to a successful home leg." Started Coach E Bhaskaran. Adding to this, Supratik Sen, Co-Owner U Mumba said, "We have not done, what we have done in the previous seasons, but we know we are working towards our best"

Commenting on the season so far, Ronnie Screwvala, Co-Owner U Mumba opined, "I think Season 4 has really brought the game to very very high level for everyone. All 8 teams are playing extremely well and we have had different people come to the fore and you are seeing a lot of diversified talent and I think that is the best think that could happen to the game. I am not privy to the ratings, but what I have understood from Star, the opening week this season, the ratings have gone higher than the previous season, that means for the first time in sport for four consecutive seasons the ratings have gone up and up."  Before adding that there was no pressure on his team at their current position, sharing, "This is a sport, its not some competition, we are not fighting a war, and this is a sport. We have good days and we have bad days, but our greatest sense of pride is that all three previous seasons, we have been to the finals and have won one. And the jury is still out on this season, I think no sport, can start or succeed under pressure. SO the message to our team is to go out there and play our best and of course Kabaddi is as much about playing our best as much as it is about strategy and modifying strategy to the game and end of the day we are not here to be stressed out to about the fact if we are going to be in the semi-finals or not, we are going to play each game against each team in the best possible manner under right guidance of the captain and the coach."

Opening the leg is the famous Maharashtra Derby, an encounter that U Mumba had previously lost this season disappointingly with a large margin of defeat (41-19), a defeat from which U Mumba will have to regroup drastically before their first encounter at home. Captain Cool, Anup Kumar remained his stoic best sharing, "I never comment on a game either before the game or after. We have tried our best and I believe if you try as much as we did, you will succeed. We would look at making a fresh start and would look at a successful home leg." Continuing on that the home support always makes a difference to their game, "This is our city and they come out to support us and that makes a huge difference. Last time we lost to Pune, was in the same stadium, yet the fans were backing us and this time we hope to return that favor."

Local heartthrob, Rishank Devadiga though was quick to conclude that the pressure will never restrict the freedom and movement in their game, concluding, "There is obviously pressure.  We do not feel the pressure on the mat."

L-R: Rishank Devadiga, Coach E Bhaskaran, Ronnie Screwvala (Team Owner, U Mumba), Anup Kumar, Jeeva Kumar, Gurvinder Singh, Supratik Sen (CEO, U Sports)

  
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U Mumba succumb to loss against defending champions Patna Pirates



16th July, 2016, Kolkata: U Mumba fell to a 34-24 loss to defending champions Patna Pirates in Kolkata. A lack of defensive cohesiveness sees U Mumba continue in 5th place with 27 points from 5 wins ahead of their own home leg.

U Mumba succumb to loss against defending champions Patna Pirates


It was a question of continuing that same momentum gained with wins against Bengaluru Bulls and Jaipur Pink Panthers for the men in orange and black. It was also a question of redemption for U Mumba having won only one of their previous four encounters against the Pirates. With Suresu Kumar starting, it was evident that he would be used for their do-or-die raids and it was thus seen as he returned with a point each to give U Mumba the lead in the 5th minute. Jeeva Kumar was particularly effective with his dash and managed to keep both Pardeep Narwal and Surjeet Singh silent. The score holding at 5 all, it became a game of attrition as strategy indicated points being scored only during do-or-die raids. In a span of 10 minutes, U Mumba went from a tied score to suffering an all-out at the hands of Rajesh and Dharmaraj Cheralathan, the score being 12-6. Patna Pirates showed their intent of keeping up with the fast pace of the game and continued to extract mistakes from the U Mumba defence, unseen in the previous two matches. Star raider Rishank Devadiga didn't come into his own which didn't help matters as the Season 3 finalists were reduced to just one man at half-time through a Rajesh Mondal super raid, the score being 19-8.

In the 21st minute, substitute Surender Singh was tackled and U Mumba were all-out for the second time in the match. This gave Patna Pirates a lead of 14 points and visibly no way back for the men in orange and black. It was at this point that the aim became to close the huge lead and possibly earn a bonus point. With this in mind, the defence began to time their tackles better and soon the attack became more confident. Rishank managed to come back with two points in one raid and while Patna took their time in raiding, U Mumba began to dictate the pace of the game and even effect a super tackle on Rajesh during a do-or-die raid courtesy of captain Anup Kumar, Jeeva and Surjeet. While Anup and Rishank both were trying to quickly close the gap, unfortunately time ran out and Patna rang out 34-24 winners.

With visible errors from the defence part of U Mumba's loss, coach Bhaskaran believes that coordination is the key to eliminating these issues. "Our defenders are individually talented as players but are not clicking together as a unit. The past three seasons, we were coordinated from corner to corner. This time, our cover is from Services and joined us on the eve of the league. This has affected our coordination."

Rishank Devadiga might not have performed to the level of his Season 3 outing but is confident that he will do better come their home leg. "I'm not under pressure but I'm trying my best to make a strong offensive unit."


Coach Bhaskaran is confident that playing at their home ground should turn the tide around. "We are looking forward to going home and playing in front of the home crowd. That always works in our favour!"


U Mumba now return home for their home leg that begins on the 20th of July with a preview press conference to be held at 12:30pm on the 19th of July, Tuesday at Dome @ NSCI SVP Stadium.

Tickets for the U Mumba home leg are available on bookmyshow.com

Patna Pirates raider Rajesh Mondal manages to break through the U Mumba defence in their encounter in Kolkata on Saturday

  
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U Mumba announces great offers for home game tickets on bookmyshow



The Caravan arrives in Mumbai between the 20th and 23rd of July


14 July 2016, Mumbai: Hosting the seventh leg of the fourth season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi, U Mumba today announced great offers on tickets for their home leg between 20th to 23rd July 2016, on bookmyshow.com. The team will bank on home support when they return to the Dome @ National Sports Club of India (NSCI), SVP stadium in Mumbai for their home leg before heading to the final leg of the league-stage matches in New Delhi.

U Mumba announces great offers for home game tickets on bookmyshow


Mumbaikars are encouraged to pack the stadiums in support for their star-studded home team by purchasing tickets online on bookmyshow.com or at Hypercity, Vivivana Mall, Thane and Hypercity, Malad. With ticket prices ranging from INR 1000 to INR 5000, fans are also encouraged to buy tickets against their SBI Credit Card for a 10% discount online. This season's tickets are available in three categories - MACHO Stand tickets priced at INR 1000, Rs. 1,200 for tickets in the TATA MOTORS Stand and the Hospitality Stand tickets priced at INR 5000. Fans who purchase tickets in the Hospitality stand will also enjoy complimentary in-stadia food and beverages.

In an offer exclusive to the student community, students can buy MACHO Stand tickets at a discounted rate of Rs.500, on display of their student ID. This offer is exclusively available at the Dome @ NSCI box office, which opens on 18th July. Similarly, members of Kabaddi Clubs across the state can also purchase tickets priced at INR 1000 for a flat fee of Rs.500 at the NSCI Box Office on display of their valid Kabaddi Association card.

NSCI members can avail a special discount of 10% at the Box Office by displaying their membership cards.

The Dome @ NSCI, SVP stadium will play host to the Maharashtra Derby as U Mumba will takes on state rivals Puneri Paltan for their opening home game at the on 20th July, 7:50 pm onwards on Wednesday. The opening day will also see another special event - with a match from the Women's Kabaddi Challenge as the Storm Queens take on the Fire Birds at 9PM.

U Mumba will be in action at their home ground at Dome @NSCI SVP stadium from the 20th to 23rd of July, 2016
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