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Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017: India defeat Afghanistan 103-25 in group stage encounter

Korea also defeated Thailand comfortably by a 52-34 margin.

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News 25 Nov 2017, 12:15 IST
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Indian kabaddi team
Indian kabaddi team

The Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017 entered its second day on Saturday and the Indian men's team continued their dominant run in the competition, defeating Afghanistan in the first match of the day and ensuring their place in the semifinals as a result.

They ran out 103-25 winners against the Afghan team, recording a comfortable win and setting the tone for the India vs Pakistan match, scheduled for later in the day. It was a walk in the park for the Indian side, who were playing in their white kits, while Afghanistan were playing in a bright yellow kit.

Another match that also took place alongside the India match was between South Korea and Thailand, which featured a number of familiar Pro Kabaddi star names. Jang Kun Lee and Dong Geon Lee of the Bengal Warriors and Tamil Thalaivas respectively, led the attack for the Korean team, while on the other hand, Khomsan Thongkham of the Haryana Steelers captained the Thai side.

The match between the two ended 34-52 in favour of the Koreans, who now look favourites to qualify for the semifinals and will most likely face off against India at that stage, as they look certain to finish second in their group after they lost to Iran on Friday.

In their previous encounter, the Indian team defeated Iraq by a comfortable 61-21 margin. Surjeet picked up a HIgh 5 in defence while Pardeep Narwal had the most raid points, with a total of six. Nitin Tomar also scored a total of six points, with three in attack and three in defence.

Eight different players scored atleast one raid point for India while the same number also scored with tackle points. All eyes will now be on the India vs Pakistan match, which promises to be a tense affair and will decide the winner of the group as well.

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