Asian Kabaddi Championship 2017: India see off South Korea in semis to set-up final against Pakistan

India registered a comfortable 45-29 win over South Korea in the semi-final of the Asian Kabaddi Championship to set-up a mouth-watering final against Pakistan in Gorgan, Iran on Sunday

FP Sports November 26, 2017 16:01:44 IST
Asian Kabaddi Championship 2017: India see off South Korea in semis to set-up final against Pakistan

India registered a comfortable 45-29 win over South Korea in the semi-final of the Asian Kabaddi Championship to set-up a mouth-watering final against Pakistan in Gorgan, Iran on Sunday. This will be the first Indo-Pak final at any major kabaddi competition in eleven years after the 2006 Doha Asian Games final that India won by a margin of 35-23.

Asian Kabaddi Championship 2017 India see off South Korea in semis to setup final against Pakistan

File photo of the Indian kabaddi team. AKFI

The world champions who won all their games in the group stage with a convincing margin, maintained their dominance against the Koreans in the semi-final. With the win, the Rambir Singh Khokkar-coached side gained revenge for the loss which the Koreans inflicted on them in the Kabaddi World Cup opener in Ahmedabad last year.

However, this new-look Indian side led by Ajay Thakur made light work of the 2016 World Cup semi-finalists as they managed to tame star raider Jang Kun Lee who did most of the damage to the Indian defence last year.

After a cautious start, Pardeep Narwal propelled India into a significant lead as the Koreans found his trickery too hard to live with. India gained control of the game at half time with 21-14 lead at the interval.

A strong second half showing from the Indian raiders Maninder Singh and Thakur meant the Koreans failed to mount a second-half comeback like they did in Ahmedabad a year ago and succumbed to a 16-point loss.

Thakur's men will now face Pakistan in the final at 5 PM IST on Sunday. They will head into the game in confident mood having already beaten their arch-rivals by a big margin of 44-18 in the group stages. But Pakistan is expected to show a bit more resistance in the final having gained in confidence  after shocking hosts Iran 28-24 in the semi-final.

Indian women trounce Sri Lanka to reach final

Indian women's team also reached the final of the Asian Kabaddi Championship after humbling Sri Lanka 47-17 in the semi-final. They will now face South Korea in the final who record a 17-14 victory over Iran in the other final four clash.

The Indian women had beaten Thailand (52-26), Chinese Taipei (56-23) and Turkmesnistan (86-7) in the group stages to enter the semi-final in grand fashion.

Like their male counterparts, the Indian women too will start as big favourites in the final against the Koreans.

With inputs from AKFI

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