U Mumba and Haryana Steelers play out the 8th draw of PKL 8

Mumba had a tackle success rate of 50%

U Mumba tied with the Haryana Steelers 24-24 in the 32nd match of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8. Haryana Steelers are now ranked 6th in the standings while U Mumba slips a position to 4th.

In the first raid of the match, Rinku Hari pulled off a solo tackle on Rohit Gulia and U Mumba got off the mark. Both the teams analyzed the opponent’s defense and raided for a longer duration of time in the first 5 minutes.

U Mumba and Haryana Steelers were on level terms till the 10th minute of the match with the scores tied at 5-5. U Mumba reduced the Steelers to just 3 men but the Steelers came back with a 2-point successful raid.

Both the teams were cautious and dragged the match to do-or-die raids on most occasions. For Haryana, Vikas Khandola was unsuccessful thrice and that affected the raiding department. Haryana ended the first half with 5 men on the mat but a slender lead of 12-10 over their opponents. The Steelers had managed to keep the dangerous raiding duo of V Ajith Kumar and Abhishek Singh quiet in the first half.

Till the half-time whistle, U Mumba had contrasting fortunes in the offence and defence. While they had a raid success rate of just 21% but the Fazel Atrachali-led defense managed a success rate of 70% when tackling and the reason was the patience among the orange outfit. 

Abhishek Singh started off the second installment of the match with a successful raid and reduced the lead to just a solitary point but the Steelers restored the lead with a bonus point. 

Fazel Atrachali was on the mat until the last raid of the match

Fazel Atrachali was on the mat until the last raid of the match

Three minutes into the second half, Surender Nada pulled off a back hold on Abhishek Singh on a do-or-die raid. In the following raid, which was do-or-die for the Steelers, raid the corner combination of Mohsen Maghsoudlou and Rinku Hari tackled Meetu Mahender. 

With 10 minutes to go, U Mumba and Haryana Steelers were on level terms at 15-15 and both the teams had deliberately slowed down the pace of the match with the Haryana Steelers down to just a couple of men on the mat.

followed by an unsuccessful raid by substitute Rajesh Narwal, V Ajith Kumar raided successfully helping U Mumba inflict the first all-out of the match on the Steelers and grab a 3-point lead.

The Steelers didn’t let the U Mumba build on the momentum and with a couple of minutes to play in the encounter, the Steelers were trailing by just one point at 21-22. U Mumba had just three men on the mat.

The Iranian duo of Maghsoudlou and Atrachali was superb and had a tackle success rate of 50% and 80% respectively. The duo didn’t blink until the penultimate minute where they committed mistakes in consecutive raids to gift 3 points to the Steelers.

U Mumba will face the Telugu Titans next while the Haryana Steelers will lock horns with defending champions Bengal Warriors.