Tamil Thalaivas put on a clinical performance to defeat U Mumba 34-20 in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Captain Sagar led from the front with 8 tackle points, while Ajinkya Pawar chipped in with 5 raid points.
The two sides played out a neck and neck contest in the opening minutes and were locked at 2-2 in the 4th minute. However, Narender pulled off a raid and the Thalaivas tackled Guman Singh in quick succession as they took the lead at 5-3 in the 8th minute. Moments later, Thalaivas' raider Ajinkya Pawar caught out Shivansh Thakur and Rinku and helped his team inflict an All-Out and attain a stronghold in the match at 10-3. Left cover Mohit and Sahil Gulia scored tackle points as the Thalaivas kept forging ahead.
However, Jai Bhagwan pulled off a multi-point raid and left corner Mohit tackled Ajinkya Pawar to keep U Mumba in the game at 8-14 in the 28th minute. U Mumba had a great chance to inflict an All-Out when there were only two Thalaivas players on the mat, but Narender effected a raid and then Himanshu pulled off a Super Tackle soon after to help the southerners hold a comfortable lead at 18-10 by the end of the first half.
Ashish carried out a multi-point raid for U Mumba in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Thalaivas still held a big lead at 20-12 in the 24th minute. Narender pulled off a magnificent raid in the 28th minute as Tamil Thalaivas attained a 10-point lead at 23-13. The Thalaivas kept raging on and reduced U Mumba to just three players on the mat.
However, U Mumba didn't give up hope and stayed afloat after tackling Pawar in the 33rd minute. That said, the Thalaivas eventually inflicted an All-Out in the 37th minute and took a huge lead at 32-18. Tamil Thalaivas rode on the momentum and eventually closed out a comprehensive victory.
Best Raider - Guman Singh (4 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Mohit (4 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Narender (7 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sagar (8 Tackle Points)
Where to watch vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 LIVE?
Catch all the LIVE action from vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 on the Star Sports Network and LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.