2018 Kabaddi Federations Cup, Final: Services vs Karnataka, 5 Talking Points
Amidst glaring light and a vociferous crowd at Maharashtra, Services overcame a stiff challenge from Karnataka to lift the 2018 Kabaddi Federations Cup. Boasting of the likes of Nitin Tomar, Surjeet Singh, Monu Goyat amongst others, the Services squad evaded a final flourish from Karnataka to win the tournament.
With this year's victory, Services created a unique record of being the first team to clinch a hat-trick of Federation Cup victories, having won the previous two editions as well.
Patna Pirates' star raider Monu Goyat was the wreaker in chief for Services on this occasion as well, going one up over opposition raider Sukesh Hegde to steal the honours for the day. Here are five talking points from the finals.
Services' strong start
Having beaten a strong Haryana setup in the semifinals, Services came into the finals with a lot riding on the shoulders of skipper Surjeet Singh and the defensive unit to keep the likes of Sukesh Hegde and Shabeer Bapu at bay.
An early 2-0 lead within the first minute was enough to set the tone for Services as the lead soon blossomed to a massive 5-1 advantage with the defensive unit working in cohesion to stop the Karnataka raiders on their tracks.
The pressure of the big deficit was reflected by the Karnataka men as it required an intervention from veteran Jeeva Kumar to keep his men from creating a scene on the mat that followed a quick all-out on Karnataka with the score reading 11-2.
With just a minute to go for half-time, Services led Karnataka 14-5 and at the stroke of half-time, Services enjoyed a sizeable 15-9 win that translated to a win in the end.