Would you pay to watch Kabaddi in Mumbai? With the ticket being sold at prices of Rs200 and Rs400, the answer seems to be yes. Crowd always plays a crucial role in the outcome of a game and that was brought on display at the NSCI, Worli, on Sunday as U Mumbai beat Bengal Warriors 36-25 in Pro Kabaddi League.
The win was U Mumbai's second after they beat Pink Panthers (Jaipur) 45-31 in the inaugural match on Saturday. They lead the standings with 10 points ahead of Bangalore, thanks to a better winning margin.
The Bengal side were in no mood to let the hosts run away with a win and made things tough for the hosts. U Mumba went into half-time leading by just a point at 14-13. That meant the hosts had their task cut out.
The second half saw a major change in intensity. With every Mumbai point being cheered for and the Bengal side being booed. The loudness and frequency of 'Mumbai-Mumbai' and 'Ganpati Bappa Moriya' kept increasing. This fired up the hosts as within 10 minutes they raced to a 14-point lead.
This was all the cushion they needed as they closed out the game in the dying minutes. Shabeer Bapu Sharfudheen was the star of the night raking up 15 points.
The first match of the day saw Bengaluru Bulls beat Puneri Paltan 41-38 in a nailbiting encounter.
This was their second win of the campaign after they beat Dabang Delhi 47-28 in their first game on Saturday and takes them to 10 points. Bulls' Ajay Thakur produced yet another commendable performance finishing with 15 points, earning him the raider of the match award.