Ahmedabad: Since fourteen days all were waiting for this moment only, get ready for the final tomorrow between home favourites India and Kabaddi super giants Iran. The audience were on their toes in both the semi-final played today. It was easy win for India against Thailand with 73-20 while Iran made a fighting win against Rep of Korea with 28-22 points. The mat for tomorrow’s 2016 Kabaddi World Cup is set to roar, let’s see which team has the final smile.
It was easy win in the second semi-final played between India and Thailand. At end of the first half, India was leading with 28 points margin with 36-8. Indian raiders were making easy Super 10s and defenders were achieving High-Five very easily. Ajay Thakur and Pardeep Narwal completed their Super 10s while Khomsan of Thailand was silent on the other side.
The failure of Tin and Khomsan in defense and raiding department was not expected from a team like Thailand. The match played like league match instead of semi-final, it wasn’t a fighting spirit by Thailand at all. It was three all out of Thailand in the first half that broke their courage to fight back in the match. The Indian coach was making all the possible substitution to let players get used to the pressures of finals.
In the first match of the day between Rep of Korea and Iran, nothing was going in favour of one team. In the first half of the game, Korea was dominating in all the departments to take a 13-11 lead but the second half was dedicated to Iranian team. With a strategy Iran didn’t let Jung Kun Lee play in the match and make it to the final.
During the pressure moments, the raiding and defense department of Iran was far superior compared to a lactlustre Korea. Korea remain undefeated till their semi-final match against Iran, which broke their heart. It was the team lead by Meraj Sheikh that became the first team which reached the final of the tournament.
Meraj and Fazal from Iran have a better understanding of Kabaddi and new set of rules as well Sulemani from the team is the emerging defender of tournament. It will be spectacular to watch Ajay and Pardeep against Sulemani and Manjit & Surjit Vs Meraj and Fazal. Tomorrow’s match is going to be interesting not because it is final but because it is the match between two nation where Kabaddi is played in every nooks and corners.