U Mumba's hopes of finishing the league phase of the 2015 Pro Kabaddi League unbeaten came crashing down on Friday, 7 August. They were beaten by a scoreline of 35-25 by defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers in Hyderabad. The game was the penultimate match of the Hyderabad leg, with Telugu Titans and Puneri Paltan playing out a tie in the last game on the same day. The tournament will now move on to its 6th leg in Delhi starting on Saturday, 8 August.
Telugu Titans notch up 16 points to go up top
The fifth leg began with Telugu Titans taking on Jaipur Pink Panthers. In what turned out to be a highly thrilling game, the Titans came back from 34-39 down late on to tie up the match with five straight points. The hosts carried the momentum into their next two games, winning both in resounding fashion. Bengal Warriors were crushed by a score of 44-28, whereas Patna Pirates were brushed aside 54-32.
In their last home game against Puneri Paltan, Telegu Titans once again were seen playing catch-up late in the game, but managed to snatch a tie after grabbing two points in the dying minutes. In other games, Bengaluru Bulls beat Bengal Warriors 33-22, while U Mumba beat Dabang Delhi 29-24 three days before their loss to Jaipur.
The results mean that Telugu Titans have climbed up to the top of the table with 42 points from 11 games, albeit they have played two games more than U Mumba, who have 40 points. Bengaluru Bulls are in the third place with 30 points, while Jaipur Pink Panthers have climbed up to fourth with 21 points. Patna Pirates, Dabang Delhi, Puneri Paltan and Bengal Warriors lie 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th, respectively.
The best performers
Rahul Chaudhari, Deepak Nivas Hudda, Sukesh Hegde have been the best performers of the leg, with all three playing an important role in Telugu Titans' unbeaten home campaign. For Jaipur Pink Panthers, Sonu Narwal was the inspiration behind the franchise's improved performances in the leg, where they won one game and tied one. On the other hand, Anup Kumar continued his fine form as he led U Mumba to victory over Dabang Delhi.
Next stop: Delhi
The season now moves on to its sixth leg in Delhi, where home side Dabang Delhi's semi-final credentials will face an acid test. On the other hand, Patna Pirates, Bengal Warriors and Jaipur Pink Panthers will play crucial games as well. Bengal Warriors, in particular, will need to win their games to stay in contention for the semis.