Dubai: World champions India cruised to a 48-19 win over Kenya to pick their second successive win and lead group A in the Kabaddi Masters Dubai on Saturday.
The most expensive kabaddi player Monu Goyat, who was sold for Rs 1.51 crore in the Pro Kabaddi League earlier this year, made a splendid debut picking 10 raid points.
On a day India captain Ajay Thakur looked lacklustre, it was another debutant, Rishank Devadiga, who stole the show with his 13 raid points to hand India an easy win.
The Haryana Steelers player Goyat looked brilliant with his raids and despite a strong Kenyan defence he managed to get over the line consistently.
Thakur gave India the first point before Goyat straightway got into action to give a 2-0 lead.
But gradually Kenyans got into the groove confusing Indian defence to earn seven points inside 10 minutes. The Thakur-led Indians however ensured that it does not get worse with Deepak Hooda doubling up as a raider.
Thakur looked a bit lacklustre as he gave more opportunity to in-form Rishank Devadiga and Hooda to get their campaign back on track as India led 27-9 at the break.
It was a slow start to the second half as both teams could score just five points.
Mosambayi got another raid point for Kenya in the 26th minute as they trailed 12-30. Goyat came up with a moment of individual brilliance and scored with a four-point raid in the 28th minute to give India 34-12 lead.
India inflicted the third all out of the match to lead 37-12 with just over 10 minutes remaining.
India asserted their supremacy in the match as they scored 12 straight points to open up a commanding 30-point lead.
Kenya then scored much-needed points with a successful raid and tackle but still trailed 15-44 after 36 minutes. Devadiga produced a super raid in the 38th minute to give India 47-15 lead.
In the last minute, Kenya scored with a two-point raid but came up short against a much superior Indian side.
The match was attended by chief administrative secretary ministry of sports, the government of Kenya, Hassan Noor Hassan who strongly pitched for kabaddi's inclusion in the Olympics.
Updated Date: Jun 24, 2018 01:07 AM