Source: News Bharati English20 Oct 2016 09:25:54
Ahmedabad, October 20: Thailand closed the doors of semi-finals hope of Japan with a jolt making way for the semi-finals against the India. The nail-biting encounter was close enough to bind the audience in their seats. Thailand showed a thundering performance in the final match despite a disappointing loss against Iran at the start of the tournament.
With Kenya taking over more than 30 points margin win against US, Thailand semis chances dropped with opponent Japan having equal chances. Cometh the moment, both teams stepped onto the mat with just one thing in mind: a semi-final berth. From raid to raid and tackle to tackle, the two sides were in a deadlock, neither throwing a challenge nor overpowering their opponents – a perfect fixture with players of similar talent and temperament.
Despite Japan’s successful first all-out imposed on Thailand, they chose to remain consistent and kept bringing points home. Thailand’s 18 raid points to Japan’s 12, 11 tackle points to Japan’s 17, and 6 extra points to their 2 were enough to suggest that Thai captain Khomsan Thongkham and Co. knew how precious each point was.
Thongkham bagged his third Super 10 tonight and like a true leader, drove his team to a sweet victory. Japan’s Masayuki Shimokawa and his men were near perfect too but took the heat and shut down before the final whistle. At one point, towards the third quarter of the game, the Japanese were slowly racing away and had an agreeable lead which they threw away in the closing moments.
With the trilling win of Thailand, the group matches came to an end. South Korea will fight Iran in the first semi-finals on Friday, while India and Thailand will compete in the second semi-finals on the same world. The final will take place between the winners of both semi-finals on the next day on Saturday.