India made short work of a hapless Thailand side with a 73-20 win today in the semifinal of the Kabaddi World Cup. Nitin Tomar, Ajay Thakur and Pardeep Narwal all played their parts to perfection as India look set to defend their title against rivals Iran tomorrow.
India brought Surender Nada into their starting seven replacing Dharmaraj Cheralathan from the final group stage match against England. Captain Anup Kumar started the proceedings with a bonus point raid for India, while Thailand came up with empty raids in their first two attempts. In-form raider Pardeep took out Phuwanai Wannasaen and Ajay Thakur followed with another point in his first raid of the match.
Thailand finally opened their account at 5-0 with Khomsan Thongkham raid’s in
Ajay Thakur, Anup
India cruised to 24-4 when Tin unsuccessfully to stop Ajay Thakur’s raid in the 14th minute. Pardeep then continued with his raids as he came back with his 5th point in as many raids.
India ended the first half with the score reading 36-8 with Ajay Thakur scoring a point off the final raid of the first twenty minutes.
India made three changes at the start of the second half bringing in Mohit Chhillar, Nitin Tomar and Rahul Chaudhari for Pardeep Narwal, Sandeep
The Indian defense was at its best thwarting Thailand on 5 consecutive raids. Rahul Chaudhari, who has had a quiet tournament so far, then pulled off a Super tackle all by himself with a leg hold of Chanwit Wichian taking the score to 51-8.
Pardeep Narwal soon registered his second Super raid of the match by taking out three before
Thailand finally got their first point of the second half to make it 54-9. Thailand then got their man Pardeep Narwal in the 29th minute as he was tackled by four Thailand players to take their team into the two-figure area finally.
India soon registered