The Indian Kabaddi team produced a stellar performance in their last Group B encounter and defeated the visiting English by 69-18 and confirmed their place in semi-finals of the Kabaddi World Cup. The match was played at the TransStadia stadium Ahmedabad.
Ace performers for India in the last match against England include star raider Pardeep Narwal and Ajay Thakur. Pardeep Narwal who scored 13 points and Ajay Thakur scored 11 points. Their performance did put India in a dominant position in the last encounter of Group B and helped the hosts secure an easy win over the tourists.
The Indians, although defeated by the South Koreans in their first match have been able to polish up their act and do well in the subsequent matches. Now the hosts are in the second spot with 21 points. The English have managed the fourth position in the Group A tally with 10 points.
In Tuesday’s match against the hosts, the English team did start impressively with its skipper Someshwar Kalia scoring two points in the first minute and creating a lead of 2-1. However, Sandeep Narwal from the Indian side with the help of a super raid in the third minute put India with a lead of 5-2. A two-point raid from Thakur in the fifth minute enabled the Indians to have extended the lead of 8-3.
In the seventh minute, Narwal scored his debut points in the match and help India to a lead of 14-3. After this Keshav Gupta with a two point raid put India way ahead at 17-5.
With his impressive raiding, Sandeep Narwal scored six points in the 13th minute to take India to a commanding position of 24-5.
The English failed to score a single point in the first 15 minutes of the match.
In the 16 minute, the Indians took a lead of 35-5.
At the end of the first half, Indians were placed comfortably with a lead of 45-6.
The second half saw Nitin Tomar take two points in the 23 minute to take India to a position if 49-7.
Nitin Tomar scored two points in the 23rd minute as India led 49-7. England was still looking for its first tackle point and their star rider Tope Adewalure struggled to get raid points. Indians were aggressive once again in the 28th minute as they were handsomely placed at 57-8. After this Tope Adewalure from the visitor’s side scored two raid points. This made the English man the first player score 50 points in the ongoing World Cup.
Five minutes before the scheduled ending the hosts were leading at 64-14. At this juncture, Rahul from the Indians side made his third point of the match. Thakur attaining a super 10 in the 39th minute gave a death blow to the English prospects and India won comfortably at 69-18.