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Kabaddi World Cup 2016, India vs Thailand, Highlights: India beat Thailand to reach final

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Kabaddi World Cup 2016, India vs Thailand, Highlights: India beat Thailand to reach final
  • 22:29 (IST)

    FT India 73-20 Thailand

    India beat Thailand in style to set-up the dream final with Iran. Thailand can hold their head high for their show in Ahmedabad, but the day belonged to India who got it right in all department. Iran will be extremely tough opponents, but in this form, it will have to be Iran who will be more worried

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    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: Local boy Kiran Parmar is in again, probably for the last time this World Cup, as India won't risk him against Iran tomorrow. He was a manual labourer at Ahmedabad railway station not so long ago - read about my chat with him here: http://bit.ly/2dV8ww6
    He's definitely being picked by a PKL franchise next season.

  • 22:17 (IST)

    There are still eight minutes to go, how many more will India get. They have taken their foot off the peddle a bit but they still can't stop scoring

  • 22:14 (IST)

    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: Ouch, it's actually happened. One Thai player just got injured on his head and there's literally blood on the mat now. Let's go easy on them, boys! Not sure they can afford missing more studies after a two-month break already.

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: Thailand having more All-Outs at this point than there are ladyboys in Bangkok's hottest night-club. #WTFact 

  • 22:09 (IST)

    India are picking points off ever raid now. It has come to a point where you feel sorry for Thailand. They have been excellent but are going to go out with a hiding. Still a lot to learn

  • 22:05 (IST)

    India bring up 50 with yet another all-out. The hosts have raised the bar in the semi-finals and Thailand ae at the receiving end big time

  • 22:01 (IST)

    India bring in Mohit Chhillar, Nitin Tomar and Rahul Chaduhari. Inflict another all-out, extend lead to 44-8. 

  • 22:00 (IST)

    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: Irfan Pathan with his abbu-jaan in the VIP seat was mightily bored and is finally smiling when 'Vande Mataram' is playing at half-time. Bhai, come for the final tomorrow for better quality of kabaddi! 

  • 21:55 (IST)

    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: Pardeep and Ajay doing the bulk of the raiding. This is already turning into a warm-up for tomorrow! 

    PS: Remember, there is NO third place face-off for some reason, the final begins at 8 pm. 

  • 21:55 (IST)

    HT: India 36-8 Thailand

    Indian raiders have been fabulous and have taken the Thai defense to the cleaners. The defense have put in a collective effort and kept Khomsan quiet

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    ALL-OUT! India have inflicted yet another all-out and the lead rises to 33-7. There is nothing going wrong for the home team today

  • 21:47 (IST)

    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: One of the Thailand players admitted in a pre-match show that they won't be able to defeat India but will 'stay positive.' I just hope these boys go back without a broken bone or twisted body part. THEY HAVE STUDIES TO CATCH UP WITH! 

  • 21:43 (IST)

    Another all-out!!! India have hit top gear. Manjeet-Surjeet in defense and Pardeep-Ajay in raiding. Lead now 24-3

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    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: Thailand's biggest problem - their finest raider (and the top scorer of the World Cup) is a left raider and awaiting him on the left cover is the mighty Manjeet Chhillar, his captain from Puneri Paltan. I don't see Thailand making over 15 points in raids tonight

  • 21:36 (IST)

    ALL-OUT! India have started all guns blazing here and Thailand have little clue what's hit them. India lead 11-2

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    India have started well. They are very much on their guard. 3-0 the lead

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    India have opted for court after winning the toss. Thailand will raid first

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    The Arena by Transstadia is absolutely buzzing as India come out to on the court

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    The Arena by Transstadia is absolutely buzzing as India come out to on the court

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    India line-up: Anup Kumar (C), Sandeep, Surjeet, Surender Nada, Manjeet Chhillar, Ajay Thakur, Pardeep Narwal

    Thalians line-up: Kohmsan (C), Tin Phonchoo, Phuwanai, Khunakon, Jantajam, Chanwit, Sarawut

  • 21:09 (IST)

    FT: Iran 28-22 South Korea

    Great game of kabaddi but in the end, Iran's class prevailed. The Iranians didn't let go the momentum they got at the end of the first half and eventually won the game. India vs Thailand coming up next

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    Korea now need to do something special. Iran are managing the game brilliantly. Moment of magic needed

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    Huge moment in the game Iran get a two-point raid, reducing Korea to just three men. Their lead too is now six points. Quite big considering just four minutes to gp

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    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: Meanwhile, Anup and his boys are warming-up and shadow-raiding already. The result of this game will definitely play on their minds - they would be more alert if Iran go to the finals.  

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    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai:

    Meraj is limping away and Korea are three points away. It's all a matter of who manages nerves better now. It may well be Iran because most of their boys are used to playing incredibly tight gams in the PKL. 

  • 20:58 (IST)

    The game is ending the way it started. Both teams playing on do-or-die raids. Iran won't mind it too much who hold a 23-20 lead. But Korea will have to risk it at some point. Six minutes to go

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    Ten minutes to go and Meraj Sheykh has inspired his Iran side into the lead with six points. However Korea have shown they can come back from exact situations in the past. The game is brilliantly poised. Don't go away

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    The momentum has shifted iran's way here and Korea must be careful not get all-out for the second time. With Jang Kun Lee on the bench the others need to step up

  • 20:39 (IST)

    Second half starts with Iran inflicting an all-out on the Koreans. Iran are now into a 15-14 lead

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: There's a simple reason why this game would be a low-scoring one. In fact, so will be tomorrow's final, whoever plays it. Time to plug my piece on 'defence' in kabaddi: http://bit.ly/2eo06kg #subtleplug 

  • 20:32 (IST)

    HT: Iran 11-13 South Korea
    The Koreans have the advantage but only just. Iran will look for an all-out with just two men left for Korea. As a contest, it's been an incredible battle and there is literally nothing to choose between the two sides

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    Firstpost correspondent Malay Desai: It just took a few men going out, an unsuccessful review and then an All-Out to deflate Iran. Korea are charged up now but a dangerous, wounded Iran is back. I'm hoping their 'aggro' leads them to make silly mistakes.

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    Iran all-out! Jang Kun Lee leading the way for the Koreans again against a big team. Lead now 10-4 

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    Korea hold a slender 6-3 lead after the first ten minutes. This has been a very cagey affair. Both teams playing on the third raid. But Iran are down to just two men now

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    Firstpost Correspondent Malay Desai: Watching Iran from a few feet away and they are very pumped up. Fazel in particular is being highly aggressive on incoming raiders. No signs of the four 'injured' players that my friend Meraj spoke of from the last game. 

    The crowd here however seems split between cheering for Iran's PKL heroes or hoping Korea win and meet India in the final! 

  • 20:09 (IST)

    Neither teams are willing to risk a lot in the opening period. It's all square at 2-2. Both teams scoring in do or die raids

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    Empty raids to starts off. Making of a reall battle this already

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    Both teams out on the mat.

    Iran XI: Meraj (C), Fazel, Abozar, Mohsen M, Pahlevani, Farhad, Abofazl

    ​South Korea XI: Dong Jo Hong, Jang Kun Lee, Tae Beom Kim, Dong Geon Lee, Young Chang Ko, Seong Ryeol Kim, Tae Deok Eom

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Iran versus South Korea coming up next. Which of these kabaddi giants will prevail today? Stay around for all the updates of the match

  • 19:30 (IST)


    The group stage is over! It's time for the big matches in the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 as the final four teams battle it out for the ultimate crown. Defending champions India face a youthful Thailand side, but before that Iran and South Korea lock horns in a totally mouth watering semi-final. Stick around for all the updates from Ahmedabad as we look for our two finalists

Ahmedabad: India produced a scintillating performance to thrash England 69-18 in their last Group B encounter and seal their berth for the Kabaddi World Cup semi-finals at the TransStadia on Tuesday.

Star raider Pardeep Narwal scored 13 points while Ajay Thakur scored 11 points as India made full use of their squad depth to notch a comfortable win and end their group campaign on a high.

 Kabaddi World Cup 2016, India vs Thailand, Highlights: India beat Thailand to reach final

Team India will take on Thailand in the semifinals of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.

The crowd at the TransStadia arena was in for a treat as the home team put on a spectacular show.

After suffering a shocking defeat in their opening match against South Korea, India bounced back in style and finished the group matches with a whopping score difference of 174.

England, on the other hand, can take a lot of heart from their performances as they finished fourth in Group B with 10 points.

On Tuesday, England made a bright start as captain Someshwar Kalia scored two points in the first minute to lead 2-1. Sandeep Narwal scored with a super raid in the third minute as India overtook the visitors 5-2.

Thakur scored with a two-point raid in the fifth minute as India extended the lead to 8-3 and reduced England to just two men.

India inflicted the first all out of the match in the sixth minute to lead 12-3. Narwal scored his first points in the seventh minute to give India 14-3 lead.

Keshav Gupta scored with a two-point read in the 10th minute as England trailed 5-17.

Sandeep Narwal was in great raiding form as he scored six points to help India inflict the second all out in the 13th minute and get a lead of 24-5.

England's defence let them down as they failed to score a single point in the first 15 minutes.

India inflicted another all out in the 16th minute to take a commanding 33-5 lead. Such was India's dominance that they went on a 20-0 run in eight minutes to lead 37-5 after 18 minutes.

Pardeep attained a super 10 in the first half whereas Surjeet got a high five as India inflicted the fourth all out in the 20th minute to lead 45-6 at the end of the first half.

Coming back, India brought on five substitutes in the second half, including Rahul Chaudhari, to make use of their squad.

Nitin Tomar scored two points in the 23rd minute as India led 49-7. England were still looking for their first tackle point and their star raider Tope Adewalure struggled to get raid points.

India went on to inflict another all out in the 28th minute to take their lead to 57-8 before England's Adewalure scored two raid points consecutively to become the first man to score 50 points in the ongoing World Cup.

With less than five minutes to go, and India leading 64-14, Rahul scored his third point of the match.

India cruised in the last few minutes as Thakur attained a super 10 in the 39th minute to give India a handsome 69-18 win.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Oct 21, 2016 22:30:05 IST