A tremendous fightback from the Korean team, led by the brilliant Jang Kun Lee, saw them win the opening game of the Kabaddi World Cup 34-32 against India on Friday. Earlier, stunning performances from Anup Kumar and Rahul Chaudhari had helped India to a comfortable 18-13 lead at halftime.
South Korea's starting VII – Seong Ryeol Kim, Tae
Both the team's star players, Anup Kumar and
The match was evenly balanced at
Pardeep Narwal made his first appearance as a substitute, and he was thrown at the deep end straight away.
India started from where they left off in the first half, and if Anup Kumar was the star of the first 20 minutes, Manjeet Chillar stamped his authority on the match at the start of the second half. A strong leg hold by him gave India 2 points in a super tackle, and he followed it up with a double hand take-down, his fifth point of the game, to take India's lead to 22-15.
With just 2 minutes remaining on the clock, India's lead was trimmed down to 29-26, and