This has been a top class performance from the Indian team and they have shown why they are the best in the business. You have to appreciate Thailand for their energy here. They have managed to win hearts but it is the host nation that will head into the final tomorrow, where they face Iran.
40' India 73-20 Thailand - Look at that for spirit from Thailand, they have one opportunity and they gobble up Nitin Tomar. Manjeet Chhillar then shows a bit of haste and concedes a point. Kiran Parmar gets a bonus as we head into the last minute and Dharmaraj Cheralathan follows that up with a superb ankle hold. Kiran Parmar with yet another point. The last raid is a touch point for Thailand. IT IS OVER.
38' India 70-16 Thailand - We are heading into the last couple of minutes of the game and this has been a tough lesson in kabaddi for Thailand, who have tasted defeat in an unprecedented manner. India have six men on the mat as Santi comes on to raid. Nitin Tomar raids quickly and he gets another point. He has scored 7 points in the second half itself. WOW.
37' India 69-12 Thailand - Nitin Tomar raids for India with under four minutes remaining. The game is done but India are relentless. They want to get as many points as possible. Phonchoo is taken off by Parmar.
35' India 68-12 Thailand - Finally a touch point for Thailand as Cheralathan errors. Kiran Parmar with a do or die raid and he gets the touch point. The defence comes into action next and Manjeet is having a laugh here. Five minutes left.
33' India 64-11 Thailand - The game resumes after the Time Out and it is an empty raid for Thailand, who then take down Nitin Tomar. Manjeet Chhillar is lurking and he blocks the raider, Mohit gets the ankle hold after that. India are taking it to the next level here.
31' India 62-10 Thailand - The points are now coming easy for India and Thailand are looking out of sorts. Nitin Tomar raids and there is another SUPER RAID. Uses the lobby beautifully to take three along the way. Pardeep Narwal is substituted for Cheralathan. Surender Nada with a fantastic ankle hold. Great tackling. India have magnificent. ALL OUT again. Sixth one.
29' India 55-10 Thailand - Thailand are still looking energetic but India are too good. Pardeep Narwal with another raid but that is too much for the Indian raider. Thailand get a tackle point but the defender is bleeding. This is not a good sight. Crowd is in distress. Concern on the look of Indian players as well.
28' India 54-9 Thailand - Surender Nada tries to get a pursuit in place but does not suceed. Pardeep Narwal with a do or die raid and WHAT BALANCE. Two touch points. India are deadly. Review. SUPER RAID. Pardeep and Ajay Thakur have been toying with Thailand all night.
26' India 51-8 Thailand - There it is. SUPER 10 for Pardeep Narwal there as he gets a touch point. Surender Nada and Mohit Chhillar combine next to take the hapless raider down. Pardeep gets one more point and India are looking for another All Out. Rahul Chaudhari gets a tackle point and there it is. ALL OUT.
24' India 45-8 Thailand - As expected, India have made a few substitutions. Mohit Chhillar and Nitin Tomar have come on. Surender Nada and Mohit combine to effect a lovely tackle. Ajay Thakur, who already has a Super 10, gets one more point. He takes a point and is substituted. What form is he in.
22' India 42-8 Thailand - India start the second half with Ajay Thakur raiding and he gets two touch points there. He is in some form here. Manjeet Chhillar then takes out one more man to reduce Thailand to one. Ajay Thakur raids again and it is a formality. ALL OUT.
Second half underway!!!
It would be safe to say that India have already sealed the match but the question remains, how many will they score. They could touch 74 here, given how good the game has been. We will surely see Rahul Chaudhari, Mohit Chhillar and Nitin Tomar in action in the second half. We will be back.
20' India 36-8 Thailand - We are into the last minute of the first half and India have already taken a colossal lead. Anup Kumar raids with South Korea having six men on the mat and he gets the touch point. Khomsan raids for Thailand with Manjeet lurking but he steals the bonus. The last raid of the half sees Ajay Thakur getting another touch point.
19' India 33-7 Thailand - PARDEEP NARWAL YOU BEAUTY. SUPER RAID. He goes deep into Thailand's half and then with his agility and speed, destroys the Thai defence. India have taken a 20+ lead here and they could have another All Out here. YES. ALL OUT. India are relentless.
17' India 27-6 Thailand - Sandeep Narwal being used as a raider here as India have five men. Make that 6 as a combined tackle takes the raider down. Ajay Thakur comes on and straight away gets another touch point. He is looking in his zone here.
15' India 25-6 Thailand - It might be too early to say but I can stick my neck out and comment that India have sealed the game here. Iran might not want to look at this game. Finally a tackle point for Thailand as they take down Ajay Thakur with a double thigh hold. Thailand take one more. They are taking a few points here. Pardeep Narwal gets one more point with a quick touch.
13' India 24-3 Thailand - Ajay Thakur with a superb kick point here and Surjeet brings out another block. Pardeep Narwal gets raiding and the touch point is his. They are down to two men again and Sandeep reduces them to one. India are sealing another ALL OUT here. THERE IT IS.
10' India 17-3 Thailand - Anup Kumar attempts another ankle hold but he is too vertical and the Thailand raider gets away. Pardeep Narwal is quick to revive his captain with a brilliant touch point again. Khomsan is taken down next by Manjeet Chhillar. India are running a riot here.
8' India 14-2 Thailand - Ajay Thakur raids after the All Out of Thailand. He takes the bonus and goes back. Phonchoo raids and dances around but the Indian defence is too strong. Anup Kumar gets an ankle hold. SUPER.
6' India 11-2 Thailand - A rare error from Sandeep Narwal gives Thailand their first point but Ajay Thakur takes it back with another touch point. Thailand are starting at an All Out. Surjeet blocks the raider and brings him down with all his might. Sandeep Narwal makes up for his error and he reduces Thailand to one man. He comes on to raid and gets the bonus but cannot stop the All Out.
4' India 5-0 Thailand - Do or die raid for Thailand and Manjeet Chhillar combines with Surjeet to destroy the raider. India lead by three point. In form Ajay Thakur comes on to raid and he evades a tackle to get the point. India are up and running in this semi-final and Thailand are down to four men already. Another touch point for Pardeep. He is smiling.
2' India 2-0 Thailand - The away team starts the game with Phonchoo raiding. Empty raid brings on Anup Kumar to a huge roar. He searches for the bonus and he gets it. Thongkham comes on to raid and he dances around. He is looking menacing. Empty raid. Pardeep Narwal raids now and there is loud cheer. WHAT A RAID. What a talent.
HERE WE GO!!! KHEL KABADDI
Indian team has both experience and youth combined. Brilliant starting line-up. Here we go. This is it. Can Thailand stop Anup Kumar and his men? Let's see.
The Indian team comes on to a huge roar in the stadium. This is going to be a great night for Indian kabaddi. Anup Kumar is smiling. Can you imagine what that means for Thailand?
Thailand: Wichian, Waanasaen, Jantajanm, Thongkham, Hopet, Phonchoo, Chanjaroen
The Thailand team enters the arena first. This is a young team is full of energy and are fearless.
So now Iran awaits the winner of the second semi-final between India and Thailand. We are edging closer to the start of the game. Surender Nada is back in the starting line-up and he will play a big role in my opinion.
The game between South Korea and Iran is over and the latter has won by 28-22. Iran have become the first team to make it to the final of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.
India starting line-up: Anup Kumar (Captain), Sandeep Narwal, Pardeep Narwal, Ajay Thakur, Surjeet, Manjeet Chhillar, Surender Nada
Hello friends and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup and today we have the second semi-final for you as India take on Thailand.
India will start this match as overwhelming favourites and will be expected to smash Thailand, thereby making it to the final. The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup did not start on the right note for the host nation and they were stunned by an energetic South Korea side in the opening match. However, it turned out to be the wake up call that brought India out of what seemed to be a sluggish slumber.
Following the loss to South Korea, India destroyed all opponents that came their way during the group stage to finish second in Pool A but with a huge score difference of +174. All doubts after the defeat were put to bed by a string of comprehensive performances and individuals putting their hands up to be counted. Anup Kumar, Ajay Thakur, Pardeep Narwal, Manjeet Chhillar and Surjeet have outshined other individuals in the Indian team during the group stage.
India are likely to stick to the same starting line-up as previous matches with Pardeep Narwal and Ajay Thakur forming the attack while Manjeet Chhillar and Surjeet guarding the defensive end of the mat. Having stars like Mohit Chhillar, Surender Nada and Rahul Chaudhari on the bench is going to be a huge plus for India and they can make alterations in case something does not go right.
Thailand, for their sheer energy and commitment, deserve a special award and, reaching the semi-final from a group that included Japan and Kenya is a big achievement for them. A mere look at the points scored by Thailand will tell you that they are a prolific side, be it in attack or defence, which likes to take the game to the opposition. In the games they have won, Thailand have produced high scores (65 vs Poland, 53 vs Kenya and 69 vs USA).
India: Anup Kumar (Captain), Rahul Chaudhari, Manjeet Chhillar, Jasvir Singh, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Pardeep Narwal, Mohit Chhillar, Surender Nada, Surjeet, Ajay Thakur, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Kiran Parmar, Nitin Tomar, Sandeep Narwal
Thailand: Khomsan Thongkham (Captain), Aniwat Phakphian, Chanwit Wichian, Phodsawi Sawangyai, Pramot Saising, Santi Bunchoet, Sarawut Hopet, Warit Songsri, Kittichai Kanket, Peeradach Jantajam, Phuwanai Wannasaen, Sasithon Rungsawang, Khunakon Chanjaroen, Tin Phonchoo