Pro Kabaddi League version 2.0 kick-started on Saturday with two high-voltage matches, which set the tone for the rest of the tournament. U Mumba will take on the Bengaluru Bulls in game no. 4 of the Pro Kabaddi League 2015 National Sports Club of India (NSCI) in Mumbai on Sunday.
This will be the second game for both the teams. U Mumba played against the defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers in the first game of the league, which the former won. Bengaluru Bulls took on the Bengal Warriors in the second game. The Bulls showcased a remarkable comeback in the game and won the match by 33-25.
Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan set the energy level up by singing the theme song of the league (Le Panga) in his baritone voice. He also sang the Indian National Anthem ahead of the first match between U Mumba and Jaipur Pink Panthers.
The last time U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls met was in the second semi final of the Pro Kabaddi League first season. U Mumba emerged victorious in that game and knocked out the latter from the league. This will be a revenge seeking game for the Bulls.
"We have put together a good team combination this season – a nice mix of experience and youth, which we believe can win us the league. It is especially going to be exciting to see the performances of some of the young talent, who have been inducted into the team. Last year we got a great response from fans in Bengaluru. We could feel the energy of fans helping players go that extra mile. We are hoping for more of the same this season. With more time for preparation, I am also expecting the league to be more competitive this time and I wish all the teams my very best," CEO of Kosmik Sport League and owner of Bengaluru Bulls Uday Sinh Wala said.
The Bulls were trailing 2-12 within the 12th minute of the first half. Post that, they recorded a fantastic comeback and by the end of the first half they were trailing by just a single point (15-16). In the second half, the Warriors failed to stop their opponents' raiders from clinching point after points and eventually losing the game to the Bulls by eight points. Ajay Thakur was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his successful raids.
Meanwhile, U Mumba avenged their loss in the final of the Pro Kabaddi League 2014 by beating Jaipur Pink Panthers by a solitary point (29-28). It was one hell of a close game. U Mumba's Jeeva Kumar was announced the player-of-the-match after showcasing some mind-blowing tackles (one of them won the match for Mumba).
Panthers' Jasvir did help them score a number of points with his successful raids but failed in the do or die tackle, which gave U Mumba the winning point of the match.
Where to Watch Live
The much-anticipated second edition of the Pro Kabaddi League will witness Bengaluru Bulls take on U Mumba, which is scheduled for 9pm IST start with live coverage in English on Star Sports 2/HD, while Star Sports 3/HD and Star Gold will provide live coverage in Hindi.
Apart from English and Hindi, people interested in other Indian languages can watch the contest live on Maa Movies (Telugu), Suvarna Plus (Kannada) and Star Pravah (Marathi).