Pune: Bengaluru Bulls handed U Mumba handed their first loss of the Pro Kabaddi League at the Balewadi Sports Complex here on Wednesday.
The final scoreline was 33-30 in Bulls` favour.
Starting things off for U Mumba was the usual suspect Rishank Devadiga, ousting Bulls` Preetam Singh.
The star raiders of both the teams - Anup Kumar and Ajay Thakur - got out in quick succession, setting the tone of the game.
After a few quick-fire rounds Mumbai broke through as Thakur lost balance to be quickly captured by men in orange in a tight tackle. Another fierce tackle came in the 12th minute as Rishank Devadiga was taken aback by the charge of the Bulls, falling just short of the centre line.
Bengaluru`s Gurpreet Singh was green-carded for an attempted tackle after stepping out of the field of play.
The two teams traded blow for blow until an unyielding tackle from the U Mumba defence took Ajay out and brought UMumba ahead for a halftime score of 14 -12.
Starting off the second half with a 2-point raid was Devadiga to make sure the close difference between the points get widened. After a couple of empty raids, U Mumba decided to extend its lead as Anup Kumar took out as many as three Bengaluru defenders. After a heated on-field argument with the referee, Bulls` Thakur earned them their second green card of the match.
Bulls` skipper Manjit Chillar was instrumental in earning his team the first and only LONA points of the match in the 37th minute. Despite a tremendous final effort from U Mumba, it was not a blow they could recover from, and the game ended in victory for Bulls.