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INDIA ARE CHAMPIONS!!! FT India 38-29 Iran
35-27 the lead now! India get Meraj Sheykh out and there goes Iran's chances of winning the World Cup
AJAY THAKUR! with a crucial two-point raid that earns India an all-out. Lead stretches to ten points and India have one hand on the trophy
Five minutes to go and India are on course for yet another Kabaddi World Cup title. Lead now 30-24. India sense an all-out!
India lead 29-22 now! Nitin Tomar with a fine raid. He's come into form at just the right time for India
Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: Nine minutes to go. And guess who has played MORE PKL games to be able to manage nerves better! GO INDIA!!
Ajay Thakur has turned this game on it's head! Brilliant raiding skills on show. He is now the tournament's most successful raider and easily the Man of the tournament if India win from here. Iran now need an Ajay Thakur moment or their chances are slipping away fast
IRAN are ALL-OUT! India roar back in style. Ajay Thakur has inspired the home side with his performance. As teams take a time-out, India have regained the momentum. They now need to go for the kill and must not allow Iran a way back into the game
India fighting back in style! The crowd is behind them. Scores are level at 20-20 and India sensing an all-out!
Ajay Thakur with provides one! India cut the lead to three points and most importantly revive two key men. This is a key moment in the match
Iran not allowing any touch points for India. Maintaining a good number on the court. Indian defense unable to get regular points. India need a moment of inspiration from someone right now
Second half starts with series of empty raids. Iran won't mind that at all. India will have to go for it at some stage
HT: India 13-18 Iran
Iran's half this. Indian raiders have been kept very quiet as the Iran defense has been on their guard. The hosts have defended well, but loss in numbers have given joy to the Iranians. India need someone to put their hand up especially in the raiding department. As of now Iran are heading for the title
India are all-out! The Iran defense has given nothing away as their raiders have chipped away the points. The hosts need to fire or will end up in trouble. They need to change the momentum
India hanging on. Surender Nada's excellent super tackle prevents an all-out for the home side. India need their raiders to fire
Intense amount of action in the middle. Iranians at their brashest best & our boys pumped up too. Need Anup & Manjeet to calm them down.— Malay Desai (@MalayD) October 22, 2016
Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: It's all going to boil down to who raids better in the do-or-die raid. Don't see either side going beyond 30 points. Both teams have IRON WALL defences!
India's raiders not showing the same form as in previous games. Rahul Chaudhari is warming up for the home side
Both defenses doing their jobs pretty well. Iran with a slender 5-4 lead. Thjere is nothing to choose between the sides right now
It's a tactical battle so far. No teams giving each other an inch. The scoreline of 3-3 reflects that.
Two points for India! Sandeep Narwal and Ajay Thakur start off with two raid points.
We are underway now! Both teams start with empty raids
National anthems done. It's now time for the action to begin. India or Iran? Who will be crowned the champions of the world?
Iran line-up: Meraj, Fazel, Abozar, Pahlevani, Farhad, Abofazl, Maghsoudlou
India are unchanged from the win over Thailand
India line-up: Anup Kumar, Manjeet Chhillar, Surender Nada, Sandeep Narwal, Pardeep Narwal, Surjeet, Ajay Thakur
India and Iran are out on the field. The hosts emerged to a deafening cheer!!
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India vs Iran, it's all down to this big game to decide the fate of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. We couldn't have asked for a better final as the two best teams in the kabaddi world go head to head for the title. India thrashed Thailand 73-20, while Iran overcame a strong South Korea side 28-22 to make the final. Will India's class prevail or will Iran upset the odds and claim the WOrld Cup for the first time. Stick around for all the updates of the big final in Ahmedabad
Seven-time defending champions India streamrolled a hapless Thailand 73-20 to storm into the final of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, in Ahmedabad on Friday.
The Indians proved their supremacy and prowess in the sport and toyed with the Thais in the lop-sided second semifinal.
India will face rising Asian power Iran in the summit clash of the tournament tomorrow.
Iran had earlier defeated South Korea in a low-scoring thriller. Iran came back from 11-13 down to beat the Koreans by 28-22.
In the second semifinals, it was total domination from the experienced Indian side against a young and energetic Thailand team.
Such was India's domination in the tournament that they gave away just 20 points to their opponents in four out of six games.
India, who had lost just one encounter in the tournament -- first against Korea -- scored 42 raid points as against Thailand's 15.
In tackle points also, India were in complete control as they scored 18 points against Thailand's just four, while the hosts had 12 all outs.
Earlier in the day, Iran also ended Korea's unbeaten run in the tournament.
After losing the toss, Iran was asked to make the first raid of the game and Meraj Sheykh made sure that he does not disappoint his side.
However, Koreans managed to put pressure on Iran till the end of first half as they lead 13-11. Jang Kun Lee remained their top scorer tonight with four raid points.
Meraj was the top scorer for Iran as he finished with seven points followed by Abozar Mighani adding four crucial points for his side.
Last four minutes of game saw Iran not getting any point through raids but it was their defence, which made sure that they do not let the game slip from their hands.
Updated Date: Oct 22, 2016 22:24 PM
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