Source: News Bharati English14 Oct 2016 10:43:19
Ahmadabad, October 14: South Korea mounted a brilliant comeback in the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup after defeating Bangladesh by 35-32 in a nail-biting match. With 15 points by star raider Jang Kun Lee, the Koreans were able to go past Bangladesh to lead third successful victory. South Korea is on the top of the group A table with three wins.
Bangladesh was left to rue as they squandered several opportunities to seal the match. Republic of Korea has all but sealed their semi final berth as they go top of Group A with 15 points from three matches. Bangladesh is in the third spot with six points from three matches.
Bangladesh defence were quick out off the block and scored two tackle points as they led 3-0 in the fourth minute. Suleiman Kabir scored with a two-point raid to give Bangladesh a 6-0 lead. An all out was immediately inflicted on Republic of Korea as Bangladesh led 9-0 after six minutes. Republic of Korea opened their account in the eighth minute as they trailed 1-10.
South Korean star man Jang Kun Lee couldn’t muster a single raid point in the first 10 minutes. After a strong 10 minutes, Bangladesh slowed the pace of the game and South Korea capitalized on it to trail 8-14. Republic of Korea inflicted an all out in the 17th minute as they mounted a comeback to trail 12-14.
The first ten minutes belonged to Bangladesh but Republic of Korea showed their mettle in the next 10 minutes to level the scores 15-15 at the end of the first half. Bangladesh looked to correct their mistakes in the latter part of first half and began second half strongly to lead 18-15 after 23 minutes. Republic of Korea lost the momentum they had built and Bangladesh inflicted an all out in the 29th minute to lead 25-17.
Korea turned to their star Jang Kun Lee to inspiration and he earned a bonus point in 37th minute as they trailed 25-29. It was a humdinger of a match as both teams’ defence got a point each as Bangladesh led 30-26. Jang Kun Lee came up with a super raid in the 39th minute as Republic of Korea trailed 29-30.
Bangladesh needed to hold their nerve but Jang Kun Lee scored another point in the 40th minute to level the game at 30-30. Republic of Korea completed a stunning comeback as they inflicted an all out in 40th minute to win 35-32. Jang Kun Lee ended with 15 points and capped off a remarkable individual performance to script an amazing comeback for his team. In another match, Thailand beat Kenya by 53-21.