As it happened: India 45-29 South Korea semifinal, Asian Kabaddi Championships

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedNov 26, 2017 12:47 IST

India win 45-29.


12:47 (IST)26 NOV 2017

India defeat Korea by a score of 45-29! They will now face the winner of the other semifinal between Iran and Pakistan to determine who will lift the trophy.

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The last point of the game is won by Korea, thanks to a weak dash from the Indian cover.

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We're in the final minute of the match now.

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Jang Kun Lee gets a point as he skips away from a weak ankle hold.

India 45-28 Korea

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Both sides trade blows as a raider from either side is stopped by the defence.

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Another point for Korea as the Indian left corner steps mistakenly into the lobby.

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It's a point each for India and Korea as the Korean raider gets the bonus but is brought down by an ankle hold.

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Ajay Thakur continues his dominance as his picks up another hand touch on the Korean left side.

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Korea win the next touch point, as the raider tumbles to the midline after a weak dash from the Indian cover.

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Another bonus point for India, as they continue to dominate proceedings.

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Once again, the Koreans are sent packing as the lone man slips and is snapped up by the Indian defence.

India 40-20 Korea

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Korea down to one man as Ajay Thakur strikes.

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Korea down to three men, pin down Ajay Thakur, who tries to run his way around the court. Two points for Korea.

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Korea get one point with a bonus.

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Korea down to two! Maninder Singh gets another couple thanks to a weak ankle hold. Another defender comes charging in but is too late.

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Korea are falling apart as it's another weak dash from the defender and the Indian raider easily reaches his half.

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Maninder strikes! Uses his height well to skip away from the ankle hold and get his hand across the midline.

India 32-17 Korea

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Lee is met with an ankle hold on the right corner and it's the second all out in the game for Korea.

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And make that one!

Ajay gets a touch point on the left corner. Jang Kun Lee the only man left for Korea.

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Ajay goes in next and gets another touch point with ease. Korea down to two.

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Ajay Thakur gets another touch point, this time on the left corner.

India 26-14 Korea.

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Pardeep Narwal adds to India's tally, this time enforcing a self-out by the Korean defender on the left corner.

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What a catch! The Korean raider comes flying for a running hand touch and is met by a solid Surjeet, who stops him in his tracks.

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Ajay Thakur gets a bonus point on the left corner.

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With India down to four, Mohit produces an incredible solo dash from the right to send the Korean raider flying out.

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The second half is underway!

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And that was the last action of the half. India lead 21-14 at the break but will surely be wary of the Korean comeback in the second.

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After a set of blank raids, it's Maninder Singh's turn to leave the mat as he is brought down with a body block.

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Jang  Kun Lee goes in for Korea and gets a touch on Deepak Hooda. And in the next raid, Pardeep is stopped in his tracks.

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Pardeep Narwal gets another routine point, this time a running hand touch.

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The Korean raider, on the do-or-die, goes for the frog jump but the Indian chain from the right is successful in catching him in the air.

India 20-10 Korea.

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Maninder is now dashed out from the right corner as Korea look to fight back. They add another point as Mohit Chhillar puts in a weak ankle hold on the right corner.

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Pardeep Narwal adds to India's score with a running hand touch.

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Maninder Singh continues his fine run with a bonus point.

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The lone Korean raider is chopped down by an ankle hold on the right corner by Mohit Chhillar.

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Ajay Thakur goes in next and easily gets a hand touch on the right corner. Just one man left for the Koreans!

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Korea down to two men as India get another touch point. All out incoming?

India 11-8 Korea

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India get three points as Maninder Singh finds his way to the midline through a sea of defenders and gets three touches.

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Another point for Korea after a mistimed dash from the Indian cover.

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Jang Kun Lee strikes for Korea with a back kick on the right corner. Maninder Singh responds with a touch point of his own in the next raid!

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Next up, the Korean raider is brought down by a vicious tackle. Pardeep Narwal goes in and gets another touch point next.

India lead 5-4.

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Ajay Thakur goes in next but a strong block from the right chain from Korea stops him.

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Korea score with a bonus point on India's left corner. Pardeep Narwal goes in next and gets the touch point.

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Maninder Singh on the do-or-die for India next and is dashed out from the right corner! He was inches away from reaching the midline!

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Korean raider goes in to raid on the do-or-die and is brought down with an ankle hold on the right corner!

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Two blank raids for India to start off. 

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India's lineup is as follows (L-R):

Surender Nada, Maninder Singh, Pardeep Narwal, Deepak Hooda, Surjeet, Ajay Thakur, Mohit Chhillar

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And the first raid is by Jang Kun Lee! It is a blank one.

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We are moments away from the start as the teams warm up.

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After two days of spellbinding action, the Asian Kabaddi Championships 2017 have reached its business end with the semifinals and finals lined up for Monday. In the men's draw, India have enjoyed a flawless start to their campaign, having won all their group stage games. 
On Friday, they defeated Iraq and Japan by a 61-21 and 82-16 respectively. The next day India recorded two more emphatic wins as Afghanistan were beaten 103-25 and arch-rivals Pakistan were thrashed 44-18. Now, they will face South Korea in the semifinal, in what will be a repeat of the World Cup 2016 opener between the two sides where it was Korea who ran out winners. 
While the Indian team is packed with Pro Kabaddi stars, the Korean side have a few PKL players in their ranks as well in the form of raiders Jang Kun Lee and Dong Geon Lee, both of whom played central roles for the Bengal Warriors and Tamil Thalaivas respectively in Season 5. 
The winner of the semifinal between India and Korea will face either Iran or Pakistan in the final. The match is scheduled to begin at 11.30 am IST. Stay tuned to this space as we bring to you the latest updates from the game! 
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