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Highlights, Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 semi-final, India vs South Korea: Ajay Thakur and Co storm into Final

India topped group A with easy wins over Pakistan and Kenya and they will face Korea, who finished behind toppers Iran in group B in what seems to be a one-sided affair for the world champions.

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Highlights, Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 semi-final, India vs South Korea: Ajay Thakur and Co storm into Final

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June 29, 2018 - 22:20 (IST)

IND 36-20 KOR

All over! India are in the finals. They beat Korea 36-20. The exact scoreline with which they opened the campaign against Pakistan. Korea competed well but fell short in the end. Ajay Thakur was class

June 29, 2018 - 22:11 (IST)

IND 33-19 KOR

India controlling it now. It should be theirs barring a massive disaster. Korea have given it their all. A few defensive lapses has cost them but apart from that they can hold their heads high

June 29, 2018 - 22:03 (IST)

Referees not having the best of games. Twice players have admitted to be out but umpire have ruled otherwise.

June 29, 2018 - 22:01 (IST)

IND 28-17 KOR

Korea not giving up on this. India down to just three men. The gap now 11 points. Crucially for India, Ajay Thakur is still on the court. Can Korea get that all out and make a contest out of this again?

June 29, 2018 - 22:00 (IST)

IND 26-11 KOR

Rishank comes to the party. Two point raid. Korea losing their defensive discipline. Too many advanced tackles costing them.

June 29, 2018 - 21:51 (IST)

IND 24-11 KOR

ALL OUT! Superb dash from Surjeet as India take control. 24-11 the lead now. Still 16 minutes to play but Korea need to get the zest back in their play if they are to close the gap

June 29, 2018 - 21:45 (IST)

IND 19-10 KOR

Girish Ernak. What a beast! He single-handedly pulls Jang Kun Lee back from an advanced position to win an unlikely point. Big one for India as Jang Kun Lee is back in the hut

June 29, 2018 - 21:38 (IST)

HT: India 17-10 South Korea

Good game. India forcing their way into the lead after South Korea began well. Ajay Thakur has been excellent and the decision to bring on Monu Goyat in place of Pardeep Narwal has worked. Korean shoulders haven't dropped down and till the point a certain Jang Kun Lee is on court, this game is very much alive

June 29, 2018 - 21:31 (IST)

IND 13-8 KOR

ALL OUT! India have come back well. From 7-3 down to 13-8 up is a fine turnaround, but Korea still in it. Jang Kun Lee has been dangerous

June 29, 2018 - 21:27 (IST)

IND 8-8 KOR

India draw level. Kim tries an advanced tackle on Thakur and pays the price

Preview: Reigning World Champions India and runners-up Iran will be favourites to make the final when they take on their respective semi-final opponents in the Kabaddi Masters.

Living up to their heavyweights tag, India topped group A with easy wins over Pakistan and Kenya and they will face Korea, who finished behind toppers Iran in group B in what seems to be a one-sided affair for the world champions.

Iran, on the other hand, are likely to face a stiff competition from Pakistan in the first semi-final of the evening at the Al Wasl Sports Complex.

Highlights Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 semifinal India vs South Korea Ajay Thakur and Co storm into Final

File image of India beating Pakistan in the tournament opener of the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018. Agencies

This will be a repeat of the Asian Championship semi-final for India when they had beaten Korea 45-29 to avenge their World Cup 2016 league stage loss in Ahmedabad.

India have beaten Korea four times from five exchanges and the only loss was in the 2016 World Cup.

To make matters worse for Korea, their top raider Lee Dong Geon is ruled out with a leg injury that he sustained during training.

But India coach Srinivas Reddy is not taking any team for granted.

"We are focusing on our strengths and looking to put up another improved show," Reddy told reporters on the eve of the match.

"As I've said this is a build-up tournament for the Asian Games which is our ultimate goal. We don't want to take it easy," he said about their title defence in the Asian Games to be held in August-September.

But Reddy is disappointed with Korean show so far in the tournament and said they have the speed but missing in finishing.

"They are a much better team than the way they played here. They are lacking in preparation, confidence level. I don't see them as the team that had beaten us. They have not yet delivered but we are not taking any team for granted."

This has been a tournament for Indian youngsters as the likes of Rishank Devadiga and Monu Goyat, the most expensive kabaddi player, have been a revelation in their maiden international meet.

Skipper Ajay Thakur spearheads their attack with his top-raiding skills while in defence the likes of Surender Nada, Girish Maruti and Surjeet have lent a fine balance.

For Korea, Jang Kung Lee will once again be the key man in the squad and he will look to inspire the side.

"We have a strong defensive unit. We have a set of plan in place but we will give them a tough fight for every point," Kun Lee said.

Iran will bank on their strong attacking lineup when they face Pakistan in the first semi-final.

Despite coming with a depleted side, Iran have easily outpaced their opponents, Argentina and Korea, to win four out of four matches.

"This game is like a final for us," Pakistan captain Nasir Ali said.

Pakistan coach Nabeel Ahmed said both teams match in their attacking style of play.

"But we have got more varieties of raider than Iran. We have planned well collectively as per Iran's style of game will target their raiders. We are not taking them lightly. They are fighters but we have prepared well," he said.

Match timing:

Iran v Pakistan (8 pm IST)

India v Korea (9 pm IST)

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