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Ajay Thakur: "Thank You everyone. We are number one in the world and no one can match us. This is the biggest moment of my life. This is for my country."
This is just incredible and a culmination of some amazing Kabaddi from the Indian team. They were down at half time and Iran were lurking but Ajay Thakur rose to the level of champions and took India by the scruff of their neck to take them to a superb win.
India have won the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup!!!!
40' India 38-29 Iran - We are into the last minute and Anup is the man in command. Fazel has a go but concedes a point. A bit of comedy there and Iran know it. FULL TIME
39' India 35-28 Iran - Anup Kumar does the smart thing and runs down the clock here. Meraj with the pursuit and he tries the kick. He is pulled back by Surjeet who puts in superb Thigh Hold. What a tackle. Ajay Thakur with the do or die raid and is taken down. Too late for Iran?
38' India 34-27 Iran - Iran get a bonus but it is not enough. Rahul raids next but it is an empty one. Meraj raids next and jumps over defender to get a touch point. What an excellent raid. Referee awards one point but he reviews. The difference is 9 points and Meraj wants to reduce it. SUCCESSFUL.
37' India 34-24 Iran - Two men remaining as India raid through Tomar. Fazel raids and plays on Super Tackle. Ajay Thakur raids with two men left. This can do it for India. WHAT A RAID. He takes both. FOUR POINTS. AJAY THAKUR YOU BEAUTY.
36' India 30-24 Iran - WHAT A RAID by Nitin Tomar. He gets two touch points and India lead by seven points. Super Tackle on as Rahul raids. He is taken down by Fazel. Not good by Rahul here. The difference is five points now. Abbas raids now but it is an empty one. Three men remaining for Iran and Anup comes to raid. He dances around slows the pace. Do or die raid for Iran and he is taken down. India rising.
34' India 27-22 Iran - Another empty raid for Iran and Nitin Tomar is thrust on to the scene. He plays it safe too. India dictating the pace of the game here. Mohsen is brought on by Iran but India are alert. He gets the bonus. Review by India. UNSUCCESSFUL. He gets the bonus. Rahul Chaudhari is brought on.
32' India 27-21 Iran - The match resumes and India are now pro-active. Iran raid but India are having none of it. Nitin Tomar with the ankle hold. Someone has given the Indian defence a rebirth. Iran down to four and Ajay Thakur is raidind. Experience comes into play as he plays safe.
Have India seized the initiative here? Can Iran fight back?
31' India 26-21 Iran - Ajay Thakur has become Virat Kohli here and he is in his zone. He has been scintillating. Let's see how Iran fight back. Not at the moment as Sandeep Narwal blocks Korouki. What a block. Thigh slap by Sandeep. India showing aggression as ANup and Ajay are talking. Ajay raids and he is looking to get a touch off Fazel. It is Meraj. SUPER 10 for Ajay Thakur.
30' India 24-21 Iran - Meraj's empty raid and Ajay Thakur comes on next. WHAT A RAID. What a player. Iran down to two men and India are looking for their first ALL OUT. Ajay Thakur with two men on the mat and gets Meraj. Ajay Thakur is turning on the style here. What a man. Abolfazl next with the do or die. He cannot get anything. ALL OUT. Game turning?
28' India 19-20 Iran - Pardeep Narwal with a do or die raid and he is taken down. Pahlevani with some real muscle. Esmaeil with the do or die raid next and he is taken down. What a tackle. The lethal raider is off. India are seething with rage. Iran down to four and Ajay makes it three. He gets Abozel.
27' India 17-19 Iran - Fazel Atrachali is off and India need to make use of that. Anup Kumar with an empty raid. Esmaeil comes on and is trying to kick it around. No Sheykh and no Atrachali. Can India capitalise? Nitin Tomar with another empty raid.
25' India 17-19 Iran - An empty raid from Meraj and Ajay Thakur is next. India need a big moment and Thakur produces it. Two Touch Points. Brilliant from raider. Korouki with the do or die and gets the bonus. India review the call. SUCCESSFUL. This is great call and India are within two points of Iran.
24' India 14-19 Iran - India need Ajay Thakur on the do or die and he gets the bonus. Korouki raids and swings the long leg. He is happy to pay on the defence. Anup Kumar raids next and he is avoid Fazel. Great play from Fazel as he denies the bonus.
23' India 13-19 Iran - Meraj with the do or die raid and there is some confusion as Sheykh thinks Chhillar has stepped out of line. Iran challenges the call. This is big. SUCCESSFUL. Manjeet is out. This is not good for India.
22' India 13-18 Iran - Iran start the second half with Meraj Sheykh raiding and it is an empty one. Anup raids next but Fazel does not let him do anything. India need to get on the offensive. Korouki raids next. Empty raid from him as well. Sandeep Narwal raids next as the bonus is available. He decides to play on the do or die.
WE are underway!!!
This has been a stunning display from Iran and they will go into the half with a lot of confidence. India have some thinking to do. The absence of Manjeet Chhillar was quite shocking and Pardeep was not used after a few raids. Will we see more pro-active play from India? Let's see. Second half begins shortly.
20' India 13-18 Iran - Anup Kumar with the bonus and Meraj with the last raid of the half. India will be going into the half with a lot of work to do. HALF TIME
20' India 12-17 Iran - Nitin cannot recreate magic and India are ALL OUT. Iran are dominating and Fazel is leading from the front. India are behind by four points. Rahul Chaudhari raids and Fazel is lurking. He is taken down by the Patna Pirates man. What a block. BULL