66th Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2018-19, Day 1 Roundup: Services, Maharashtra register mammoth wins, Karnataka rout BSNL
The 66th Senior National Kabaddi Championships 2018-19 commenced at the D.G Tatkare Krida Nagari in Roha Raigad, Maharashtra as some of the biggest names in Indian kabaddi turned out for their respective states or employees such as the Railways or Services.
A total of 12 matches were played on the day as the teams in the fray went about their business in style and got their campaign off to a bright start with Services, hosts Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh registering the biggest wins on the opening day.
Services kick-started their campaign with a 69-5 decimation of the Manipur State team as the Monu Goyat-led side's dominating show saw Manipur failing to open their account in the first half. With just five points in the second half, Services claimed a mammoth 64-point win.
One of the most fancied teams this season, the Railways used all their experience as Orissa was forced to succumb to the might of the Railways who registered a massive 49-13 win in the end.
Hosts Maharashtra faced off against Vidarbha in a Group 'A' clash and gave the crowd in attendance a lot to cherish as they registered a commanding 64-13 over their opposition while Uttar Pradesh, led by Indian kabaddi's 'poster boy' Rahul Chaudhari, won 66-16 over a hapless Jharkhand side.
In other matches, an experience-filled Karnataka side faced off against BSNL as Prashant Rai led from the front that saw his team win 57-12 over their opponents. Haryana's star-studded team too started off on a positive note as Surender Nada led his side to an easy 67-24 win over Chattisgarh.
In the only tied encounter of the day, Delhi and Chandigarh dealt each other a blow for a blow. While the latter led by two points into the break, Delhi came back in the second half as the match ended in a thrilling tie.
Uttarakhand raced away to a big 38-point win as they finished the match with a 70-32 scoreline favoring them while Bihar too started in fine fashion with a comfortable 41-21 win over West Bengal.
Andhra's relatively new faces came together as they put up a strong show against Jammu and Kashmir to win 43-31 while Rajasthan dominated over Punjab to win 52-35.
The contest between Madhya Pradesh and Telangana was a keenly contested one as the former came back from a 12-point deficit in the first half, only to lose by an agonizing one point as the score read 42-41 in favor of Telangana in the end.
Day 1 scores -
Maharashtra 64 - 13 Vidarbha
Services 69 - 5 Manipur
Karnataka 57 - 12 BSNL
Haryana 67 - 24 Chattisgarh
Rajasthan 52 - 35 Punjab
Uttar Pradesh 66 - 16 Jharkhand
Uttarakhand 70 - 32 Assam
Railways 49 - 13 Orissa
Delhi 42 - 42 Chandigarh
Telangana 42- 41 Madhya Pradesh
Bihar 41 - West Bengal 21
Andhra 43 - 31 Jammu & Kashmir