Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017: Who scored the most points in India's 44-18 win over Pakistan?
The Indian men's kabaddi team sealed top spot in their group at the Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017 with an emphatic 44-18 win over arch-rivals Pakistan. The result is India's fourth straight win at the tournament, having recorded resounding victories against Iraq (61-21), Japan (82-16) and Afghanistan (103-25).
They were in cruise control throughout the match, with captain Ajay Thakur leading the way with a number of successful raids. He was ably supported in attack by Pardeep Narwal and Maninder Singh as the raiders piled on the points and contributed to the bulk of India's score in the match. Out of the 44, 30 of India's points came via the raiders through touch and bonus points.
Here is the breakdown of the total raid points (30) scored by India:
Ajay Thakur (12), Pardeep Narwal (4), Maninder Singh (11), Nitin Tomar (2), Sachin (1)
In defence, the duo of Sandeep Narwal and Surender Nada manned the corners, while Surjeet and Deepak Hooda played as covers. They had a relatively quiet outing as compared to the raiders, picking up a total of eight points in the match.
Here is the break down of the total tackle points (8) scored by India:
Sandeep Narwal (3), Surender Nada (2), Surjeet (2), Deepak Hooda (1)
India also completed three all-outs in the match, two of which came in the second half, thus adding six extra points to the tally.
It has been so far so good for the Indian side in the competition as they have hardly had to break sweat to pick up the four victories. The tournament now enters its business end on Sunday, with the semifinals and finals lined up.
India, being the table toppers in Group A, are expected to face South Korea, who lost to Iran on Friday and are likely to finish in second place in Group B. The second semifinal of the day is expected to feature Iran and Pakistan.