Abhishek Singh was the star for U Mumba as they beat Bengaluru Bulls 46 – 30 in the inaugural match of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League season 8 held at The Sheraton Grand, Whitefield, Bengaluru. The U Mumba raider clinched a SUPER 10 (19 points) and was ably supported by the team’s defence in a statement victory by the Season 2 champions. Pawan Sehrawat had an off-day for Bengaluru Bulls who missed a quality third raider to support Chandran Ranjit and Pawan on the match.
The COVID pandemic meant there were no spectators at the stadium but that certainly didn’t take the energy away from the match. Interestingly, left corner specialist Amit Sheoranwas not picked by the Bengaluru Bulls to start the match in an other predictable team selection for both sides.
The first raid of the season resulted in a successful tackle on the “high-flyer” Pawan Sehrawat by Harendra Kumar. In fact the first minutes went on to be dominated by the team from Mumbai with Abhishek Singh picking up important raid points. Fazel Atrachali, captain of Mumbai in the left corner, had very little to do, as his defenders Harendra and Ashish Sangwan, ensured the Bulls raiders struggled to pick the points. U Mumba forced the game’s first ALL OUT in the 8th minute and opened up a 6-point lead (11-5).