Karachi: Pakistan men’s kabaddi team cruised into the summit clash of Kabaddi World Cup 2014 after trouncing Iran by 56-28 score in the semifinal at Dirba, Sangrur (India) on Thursday.
Pakistan will now face archrival India in the climax on December 20 at Sports Stadium, Village Badal, Sri Mukatsar Sahib in Bhatinda. India routed England by 54-33 in the second semifinal.
However, Pakistani women lost to Indian counterparts in the semifinal clash at the same venue. The host won the match quite comfortably by 47-19 score. Pakistan women team will now clash with Denmark in a third place play-off encounter on December 19 at Barnala.
In the men’s semifinal, Pakistan showed their kabaddi prowess and outplayed Iran in every department of the game. They overwhelmed their rivals through excellent combination of form, fitness, technique and speed.
Pakistan raiders and stoppers were in impressive prolific form. At the interval, Pakistan were leading by 29-15.
Mohammad Khan was the most successful raider for Pakistan with seven points. Skipper Shafiq Chishti and Akmal Shahzad Dogar scored six points each followed by Lala Obaid Ullah, Rehman Ishtiaq and M Irfan (5 each), Rana Naeem (4) and Khalil (3). Among stoppers, Musharraf Javed Janjua remained the most effective player with five points while Ali Shan (4), Sajjad Gujjar and Mohsin Wahla struck (3 points each) in Pakistan’s triumph.
Hamid, Ahmed and Mahmood offered resistance for Iranian team in the second half but that didn’t make any difference in the overall outcome of the match. Pakistan’s final score line showed their grip on the match and even Indian commentators appreciated their dominating style of game.
In women’s competition, Indian female team, who were playing competitive kabaddi for the last 12 years, downed Pakistan without much trouble. Indian women players Sukhwinder Kaur, Annu Rani, skipper Priyanka Rani, Mandeep Kaur and Premika displayed a commanding game throughout the match.
For Pakistan, raider Neelum Riaz remained top point scorer with seven points. Agasta Ajmal, Ammara Razzaq and skipper Madiha Lateef also made their presence felt by grabbing few points for their team.
Later, talking to media, Pakistan captain Shafiq Chishti dedicated the team’s huge triumph to victims of Peshawar tragedy. He said that Pakistan team lamented after they heard the news of the tragedy.
Pakistan women skipper Madiha Lateef also said that her squad was shocked due to Peshawar tragedy.
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