THRILLER: Last Minute Charge Helps Bengaluru Bulls Grind Out 1 Point Win Over U Mumba
Bengaluru Bulls made a determined beginning getting a point off the first raid through Rohit Kumar and very soon were leading 3-0. But the Season 2 champions managed to equalise in the 7th minute. The score then crept to 6-5 in favor of Bengaluru Bulls by the 10th minute showing the tenseness of the battle. Rohit Kumar had set the stands on fire in the NSCI Dome by then with a super raid worth three points to lay the foundation to inflict the all-out over the home team in the 13th minute. There was more in store as the game progressed towards the break.
It was a battle of defenses as both teams put in a solid performance but it was the Bengaluru Bulls who kept their cool and emerged victorious. For long spells in the game, it looked like the U Mumba would come out on top but the Bengaluru Bulls’ star man Rohit Kumar helped them to stage a remarkable comeback.
The first came before the all-out and the next in the 19th minute following a review after the umpire had awarded three points. However, the review proved more beneficial to the home team. They were successful on three occasions in the second-half and the player who benefitted was Rohit Kumar the top scorer who was constantly getting irritated on not being awarded the bonus point by the match officials. His third review fetched his team two valuable points after his team was all-out again in the 21st minute and was 13-25 down.
Those two points would have taken the Bengaluru Bulls further up to 27-15 but then once it became 27-18 the tide turned gradually but surely in favor of the winners. They forced an all-out against their rivals and went ahead. It was experience versus youth thereafter and Rohit Kumar and the defense did everything right
U Mumba needed a comeback. And they tried to chip away at the deficit. With 2 minutes left, The scoreline read 23-27.
A thrilling, cerebral contest came to a heart-stopping finish,when rakesh kumar was caught by ex-U Mumba player Mohit Chillar at the buzzer raid as these two heavyweights played out the first 1-point margin game of the PKL 4. And once again, it was calm nerves and a controlled burst of skill in the final minutes that made that narrow difference between the two teams. Rohit Kumar, with 11 total points, was deservedly chosen the best raider of the match, while Surender Nada, formerly of U Mumba, got the best defender award for his performance. And the effort put in by both ensured that Bengaluru avenged their loss at home against U Mumba.
Messy Fractals’s ringside view takes a closer look at the strategies used by players in the match.
Quarter Time View
We have divided 40 minutes of play time into 4 to look at which quarter belonged to whom.
|Time (min)||0-10||10-20||20-30||30-40||Final Score|
Bengaluru Bulls Raid Analysis
Players Who Spent Time On And Away From The Field
|Time (min)||Bengaluru Bulls||U Mumba|
|Best Field Time||Jeeva Gopal||Rakesh Kumar|
|Worst Field Time||Pawan Kumar||Gurvinder Singh|
Most Valuable Players Of The Match
|Raider of the Match||Rohit Kumar||Bengaluru Bulls|
|Inspiring Defender of the Match||Mohit Chhillar||Bengaluru Bulls|
|Marathon Man on the Mat||Rakesh Kumar||U Mumba|
|Moment of the Match||Mohit Chhillar||Bengaluru Bulls|
*Raider of the Match=Player who scored the maximum raid points,
Inspiring Defender of the Match= Player who scored the maximum tackle points,
Marathon Man on the Mat= Player who has spent the maximum time on the mat.