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Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018: Group A, India vs Pakistan, Live Match Updates

India 36 - 20 Pakistan (Full Time)
Updated: 22 June 2018 21:19 IST - Published: 22 June 2018 18:12 IST
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Following this convincing win, India will look to test some of the bench strength against first-timers Kenya on Saturday while Pakistan will need to re-think their strategies before they take Kenya on Sunday. 

That's all from the opening game between India and Pakistan, switch tabs to follow the exciting clash between Iran and Korea! 

It's been an absolute pleasure bringing you all the updates from this riveting clash, this is Prasen Moudgal signing off! Ciao!
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Ajay Thakur started off his campaign in fine fashion, picking up points in his first three raids as he went on to finish with 10 points from the game including two fine tackle points while Rohit Kumar came in late in the half to create more problems for the Pakistan team. 

Credit where it is due, Pakistan did well to keep the likes of Rahul Chaudhari and Pardeep Narwal quiet but the spotlight fell on the all-round performance as the duo of Surjeet Singh and Surender Nada kept the Pakistan raiders at bay, dictating terms to lead India to an easy victory in the end. 
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India win 36-20! 

The perfect way to start the tournament for the Indian team!
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India strike to get another point on the buzzer raid! A dominating performance from the Men in Blue as they decimate Pakistan in the opening game!
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Rohit Kumar in for the do or die raid! Picks another point with a fine running hand touch on the right corner. 
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India leads 34-20 with just less than a minute to go. 
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Rohit Kumar now having a quiet walk along the half-line. 
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Mudassar Ali picks a point on the Do or Die! Surjeet Singh tries to get across but Mudassar does well to pick a point. 
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Do or die raid for Rahul Chaudhari! Agonisingly misses out on the point as Pakistan collect yet another super tackle!
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Back to back empty raids as the clock runs down. 
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Back live now. 

Pakistan down to three men on the mat. 
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Time-out in place. 

India lead 34-17 with five minutes to go in the match. 
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India strike back with a defence point! Yet again, Ajay Thakur comes in with a strong ankle hold and the raider had nowhere to go. 
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Do or die now for Rohit Kumar! Falls to the strong Pakistan defence! 

First super tackle for Pakistan as they throw Rohit off the court. 
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Muhammad Nisar fails on the do or die raid! Ajay Thakur this time contributes with a strong ankle hold!
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Do or die for skipper Thakur! Pressure, no problems! 

Makes it look so easy, runs towards the left cover, lures a tackle and then twists into the Indian half. 
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Back live now. Pakistan will need to pull their socks up to get a grip back on this encounter. 
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Time-out in place.

India lead 31-15 with less than 10 minutes to play. 
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Do or die raid for Pakistan, smart work from the raider! Loses out on time, steps into the lobbies and Sandeep Narwal is on the move as he gets a touch on the raider. One point each. 
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First raid of the match for Deepak Niwas Hooda. Goes back with an empty raid. 
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Rahul Chaudhari succumbs on the do or die raid! Yet again, the Pakistan defense stands tall. 
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One for the left corner now! Nada goes in with the ankle hold and the rest of the defense cleans up. 
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And now Sandeep Narwal strikes! Comes in running from the right corner and stops the raider in his tracks. 
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Do or die raid for Ajay! He strikes! 

Power on display from the skipper as he carries the defender past the half-line with immense body power. 
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India now down to three men. Ibrar Hussain is the raider. Nothing from that raid. 
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