Siddharth Desai was again in top form, as he led U Mumba to a stunning 40-21 win over Telugu Titans

Siddharth Desai produced an inspiring raiding performance to help U Mumba roundup a win over Telugu Titans in the Inter-Zone Challenge Week of Pro Kabaddi League. The inform raider scored 17 points and consistently made life difficult for the Titans’ defence throughout the match. With these brownie points, he is now the leading raider in PKL with a sum of 83 raid points to his name.

As a consolation for the poor Titans, their star but underperforming raider, Rahul Chaudhari became the first player to score 700 raid points in PKL. Although, that was not enough to save his team from a crushing defeat.

First Half

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Siddharth Desai against Telugu Titan’s defence (Credit Pro Kabaddi)

Rahul Chaudhari scored first for the Telugu Titans with a raid in the first minute. Desai was not far behind and scalped two quick raid points as U Mumba led 3-1 within two minutes.
Mohsen Maghsoodlou, with Chaudhari, put their team into a commanding position, as Titans scored five straight points to lead 6-3 in the seventh minute. However, it was destined to be a two-way war, with U Mumba’s Desai struck a returning blow and collected points.

In fact, in the 13th minute, Desai proved his mettle by scoring a super raid to give U Mumba 13-7 and handing Titans an agonizing all out. It was the first all out of the match.
The story of the match had been how Titans’ defence had a tough time putting Desai at bay. Chaudhari scored helped his team with a mini-comeback of sorts, by taking two crucial raid points in two minutes. Titans thus somehow reduced the deficit to 10-14. In the end, going into the break, U Mumba led by 17-12.

Second Half

The second half again was dominated by U Mumba, who were unsurprisingly spearheaded by Siddharth Desai’s raiding antiques. He inflicted another a super raid in the 21st minute to exacerbate the Titan’s problems. The second strike gave U Mumba a lead of 20-12. By then, U Mumba was already cruising. He hit the accelerator with another all out and by the 24th minute, the score read a score of 25-16. By the 31st minute, U Mumba was successful in conspiring another all out to register a humongous 18-point lead. In the last five minutes, U Mumba gave a run out to few of their bench players as they were ensured of a comfortable victory. In the dying minutes, as their hapless opponents tried to salvage consolation points, U Mumba proved their class in defence and collected a few tackle points to wrap up a fairly one-sided contest that ended 41-20 win.

Monish Gadiya is a Pune-based sports author at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes innovation is the answer to the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in creative writing and intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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