U Mumba put a successful end to the Mumbai leg with a crushing victory over the Gujarat Fortune Giants in the last match scheduled at the NSCI Dome, SVP stadium in Mumbai on Friday. The season 2 winners had started their home campaign in the most dramatic style with a huge win over the neighbours- Puneri Paltan. However, on Friday- it was a daunting task ahead of the hosts to end the home turf with a win. Mumbai leg saw some of the exciting thrillers, nail biting finishes and a complete turnover. The thrilling encounter between U Mumba and the Fortunegiants from Gujarat had lots to cheer about for the fans gathering across the indoor stadium to watch their favourite players in action. While the Giants remained undefeated in their 1st three encounters of the season, the home side- U Mumba was seeking for just their second victory at their home turf. The final home game of PKL 2019 had lot of unanswered questions for the Fazel Atrachali led Mumbai who boasted of some of the defenders who found their name in the Top 5 defenders list in the Pro Kabaddi history. With Sandeep Narwal (264) and Fazel Atrachali (248) sharing a individual above 200-points , it was a difficult task lying ahead for the duo to not only get the better off the elite combination of Sunil-Parvesh, but also to compete against a team which held every opposition team to under 30 points so far. Also, the statistics showcased a complete dominance by the Fortunegiants over U-Mumba with the former outperforming the defensive compartment. The failed tackle % & average tackle points read 37%-63% and 13.7-8.4 which was evident from the fact of the former having won 5 out of the 6 total encounters.
Surinder Singh turned out to be a surprise package for the Giants who returned back with 4 super raid points which consumed opposition captain, Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal. The first ever raid points for Surinder showered the U Mumba dug-out to a comfortable 24-15 lead in the 35th minute of the match. Registering 200 raids in PKL, Mumbai’s Abhishek Singh gets Gujarat an ALL-OUT by a touch on More GB. The 30-19 lead following a Super Tackle by Mumbai’s Young Chang Ko. The empty raid by Dong Geon Lee meant that Mumbai ended their home leg with a victory and the Fortunegiants were ripped apart from registering their 4th win on a trot. Though U-Mumba features at the top of points table with 17 points from 6 matches followed by Dabang Delhi (16) in 4 encounters, Fazel-Narwal led Mumbai team look ahead to finish the proceedings hoping for similar dominating performances in the long season scheduled to finish on the October 19,2019.