Source: News Bharati English19 Oct 2016 09:22:45
Ahmedabad, October 19: India entered the semi-finals of Kabaddi World Cup after a huge win over England on Wednesday by 68-18. With the super 10’s score of Pradeep Narwal and Ajay Thakur, Indian boys qualified for the semi-finals being the second team to qualify after South Korea.
South Korea won all the five matches in the group and was on the top team in the table. In the other group, Iran has qualified for the semi-finals with one loss against Poland out of five matches. Wednesday’s match between Japan and Thailand will decide the second semi-finalists of the Group B.
Both teams started on a positive note with a point apiece and went on till a tie-breaker from Pardeep Narwal’s multiple raid points gave a blow to the Three Lions. Soon, the hosts tightened their defence and executed some brilliant raids, tearing the English defence apart.
Within a span of five minutes, later into the first half, England was all-out twice. The score at half-time was a lopsided 45-6, the biggest lead taken by any team at the 20-minute mark in the entire tournament. India’s 45 was also the highest total points scored by a team in the first half.
Throughout the game, India’s strategy seemed to be about limiting England any raid points and avoiding being tackled themselves. It saw the score-margin grow exponentially towards the end of the second half, making it impossible for England to bounce back and throw any punches.
With this match, the visitors bowed out of the tournament completely. They did have the reigns to Bangladesh’s fate – a slim chance – in the competition had they pulled off an improbable win, but in the end the effort didn’t translate to success.
India and Republic of Korea are the two teams who qualify to the big semi-finals from Group A. Elsewhere, Iran from Group B have already qualified despite their defeat to Poland. Thailand’s next against Japan will decide the fourth semi-finalist for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.