History was created earlier today as Poland annihilated the United States of America 75-29 to register their first win of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.
A solid team performance from Poland led to an easy 75-29 win over the USA which was the biggest margin of victory by any team in the World Cup so far. It was Poland’s first win of the 2016 World Cup here at the TransStadia Arena in Ahmedabad. Skipper Michal Spiczko led from the front and scored 16 points for the Poles.
USA remain winless and are bottom of Group B whereas Poland sit fifth. However, neither team have any hope of making it to the semi-finals of the competition.
Poland made a swift start and led 7-2 after four minutes but USA responded with a superb tackle to make it 4-8 in the fifth minute. The Polish defence was in terrific form as they inflicted an all out in the sixth minute to lead 13-4. While Michal Spiczko scored four points in six minutes for Poland, none of the US raiders scored in the first eight minutes as they struggled to cope with the strong Polish defence. Spiczko scored his sixth point in the ninth minute to give his side a 19-6 lead.
They then inflicted the second all out in the 11th minute to lead 24-6 as they made little work of an out-of-sorts US side. USA picked up their first raid point in the 12th minute as Troy Bacon opened his team’s account with a two-point raid. The US defence had scored just two points each in their previous two games but they put in a much-improved performance today. Spiczko, meanwhile, continued to snare raid points and scored his ninth point in the 14th minute.
Dylan Banks came up with a super raid in the same minute as USA trailed 12-28. Poland forced a super tackle in the 16th minute to take the score to 30-13. Piotr Pamulak scored four quick points in two minutes to give Poland a 34-14 lead after 19 minutes.
USA did try to make a fight of it in the first half but Poland inflicted another all out in the dying seconds of the half to enter the break up 40-14.
The second half started with Poland raiders scoring four points in four minutes to lead 45-14. USA forced two super tackles in the space of 90 seconds to get it back to 18-46 after 26 minutes. Spiczko scored two more points in the 29th minute as Poland inflicted their fourth all out to take the lead to 54-19. Now, head and shoulders above their opposition, Poland inflicted another all out just 4 minutes later to lead 63-20.
Poland continued to score points with ease in the last few minutes of the match. They inflicted their sixth all out of the match to take a 73-22 lead with Spiczko adding 2 more to his tally. Poland’s 75 points is the highest by any team in the 2016 World Cup. USA, meanwhile, would take a lot of heart from their defensive performance as Kevin Caldwell and Ronald Fields scored 11 tackle points combined. Dylan Banks scored four points with a super raid in the dying seconds and ended with eight points.Published 14 Oct 2016, 23:03 IST