India to meet Iran in Kabaddi World Cup final

Defending champions India will meet Iran in the final of the Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad on Saturday after both teams won their respective semi-finals.

Hosts India sailed into the final with a with a one-sided 73-20 drubbing of Thailand.

There was always only going to be one winner in the game, as a confident Indian side ran riot against their less experienced Thai opponents.

India led 15-3 inside the opening minutes, and that soon became 36-8 at half-time – 22 raid points and 8 tackle points – as India’s attacking prowess proved far too much for Thailand’s defensive unit to cope with.

It was a similar story in the second half, and they quickly notched up their half-century following another all-out inflicted on their opponents.

From that point on, it was little more than a formality, as they wrapped up an emphatic 73-20 win.

Awaiting India in the final is Iran, who were the first to advance to championship decider when they beat South Korea 28-22 in a tense affair earlier in the day.

The South Koreans were unbeaten in the tournament heading into the match, but found themselves on the receiving end this time around.

Iran trailed by as much as six points in the first half thanks to Korean captain Jang Kun Lee, who executed an all-out in just the 12th minute, but they were gradually able to close the gap, reducing the deficit to just 13-11 at half-time, with their own captain, Meraj Sheykh, also coming to the fore with three raids.

After the break, Iran executed their an all-out to get on level terms, and they soon led 17-15 thanks to two more raids.

Sheykh continued to shine, pulling off a bonus-point raid before Iran were able to take down Korea’s captain Lee to lead 26-20.

Korea managed a tackle and a super-tackle late in the game as they continued to give their all, but with the clock winding down there was no way back for them.

Sheykh finished as the top scorer in the match with seven points, while Abozar Mighani also added four points.

The Kabaddi World Cup final between India and Iran takes place on Saturday.

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