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66th Senior National Kabaddi Championship: Maharashtra to face Railways, Haryana square off against Services in the semifinals

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8.56K   //    30 Jan 2019, 22:44 IST

Pardeep Narwal in action against Bihar
Pardeep Narwal in action against Bihar

Maharashtra and Services claimed easy wins while Railways and Haryana had to fight tooth and nail to stake a claim at a spot in the semifinals as the 66th edition of the Senior Nationals continued to play host to some top-flight kabaddi at the D.G Tatkare Krida Maidan at Roha Raigad, Maharashtra.

Hosts Maharashtra kick-started the pre-quarters with a commanding 54-38 win over Kerala while the second match between Bihar and Rajasthan went all the way down to the wire as Bihar held on to a slender one-point lead and won the match 45-44.

Delhi's qualification into the quarterfinals went up in smoke as they faced off against a strong Railways unit which decimated them 56-31 while Karnataka stuck to the basics and put up their best show yet with a dominating 64-22 victory over Pondicherry.

The Services team finally came across some strong competition as Himachal Pradesh gave them a run for their money but that did not suffice as the Monu-Goyat led side walked into the quarters with a 36-32 win. Uttarakhand faced off against a hapless Telangana side and thrashed them 53-27.

In the final two games of the pre-quarterfinals stage, Uttar Pradesh booked their place in the quarterfinals with a big 48-22 win over Gujarat while Haryana claimed the last spot with a comfortable 35-20 win over Punjab.

Pre-quarterfinals brief scores:

Maharashtra 54 - 38 Kerala

Bihar 45 - 44 Rajasthan

Indian Railways 56 - 31

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Karnataka 64 - 22 Pondicherry

Services 36-32 Himachal Pradesh

Uttarakhand 53 - 27 Telangana

Uttar Pradesh 48 - 22 Gujarat

Haryana 35 - 20 Punjab

Bihar thrashed, Services win big in quarter-finals

Maharashtra continued their fine show in this campaign as they yet again put up more than just a strong fight which sent Bihar tumbling out of the competition by a 39-16 margin.

Similar was the fate of Karnataka, as Prashant Rai's men failed to repeat their commanding run into the quarters against the Indian Railways, as the star-studded Railways side stomped into the finals by a 53-42 margin.

In the third quarterfinal, Services clashed swords with Uttarakhand in an exciting fixture. Yet, the game seemed to move like one-way traffic as Monu Goyat's side led all through to game and registered a 42-30 win.

The last quarterfinal had thrilling action all the way as two strong teams in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana faced off.

Haryana raced away to a 33-14 lead into the second half which all but seemed to shut the door on UP until a sudden resurgence saw Chaudhari's side strike a miraculous comeback to notch up 34 points in the second half but agonizingly fell short by one point as Haryana claimed a cliffhanger of a win by a 49-48 win.

Quarter-finals scores:

Maharashtra 39 - 16 Bihar

Railways 53 - 42 Karnataka

Services 42 - 30 Uttarakhand

Haryana 49 - 48 Uttar Pradesh.



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