The 2015 Pro Kabaddi League has come down to two teams, Bengaluru Bulls and U Mumba, who meet in the Championship Final Sunday, and fans can watch the climactic showdown live online to find out if U Mumba can do one better than last season when they advanced the the inaugural PKL final — but lost to Jaipur Pink Panthers.
In 2015, the second season of the wildly successful Pro Kabaddi League, Jaipur placed fifth, missing the playoffs, while U Mumba topped the eight-team table, winning 12 matches and losing just two.
To find out how to watch the 2015 Pro Kabaddi League Final, Bengaluru Bulls vs. U Mumba, live online, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. The match is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Indian Standard Time at NSCI Stadium in Mumbai, India — 11:30 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 8:30 a.m. Pacific — on Sunday, August 23.
The PKL Final will be preceded, one hour earlier, by the the third-place match, pitting Patna Pirates against Telugu Titans, a contest also available to watch live online.
The Bulls reached the final by barely edging the Hyderabad-based Titans 39-38 in their semifinal match Friday ay NSCI, surging to an early lead, then holding off a late surge from Telugu.
But Bengaluru enters the final match Sunday as heavy underdogs to the Anup Kumar-led U Mumba, and will need perhaps the best performance of the year from their star all-rounder, Manjeet Chillar.
Nonetheless, Kumar — who led the Indian national kabaddi team to gold in last year’s Asian Games — insists that winning this year’s Pro Kabaddi League title will be no easy task.
“This game wasn’t easy at all and the game on Sunday also will not be easy,” Kumar said Friday after his side blew away Patna 35-18. “We want to perform to our best in the final with full power. Bengaluru Bulls are a raider short and they use Manjeet as a third raider. If we get Manjeet early, their defense also will weaken.”
For a sport in which even most star performers must hold “day” jobs to make ends meet, the prizes on offer Sunday must be attractive. The Pro Kabaddi League champion will receive a payout of one crore Indian Rupees, which is just over $150,000 in United States currency. The runner-up receives 50 lakh Rupees — or approximately $76,000.
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