1. 2016 Kabaddi World Cup Final: India beat Iran, crowned Champion of the world

2016 Kabaddi World Cup Final: India beat Iran, crowned Champion of the world

India on Saturday staged a comeback in the second half to pull out the victory over Iran and clinch the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 in Ahmedabad.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 22, 2016 10:15 PM
India take on Iran in the summit clash of the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 in Ahmedabad. India on Saturday staged a comeback in the second half to pull out the victory over Iran and clinch the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 in Ahmedabad.

India on Saturday staged a comeback in the second half to pull out the victory over Iran and clinch the Kabaddi World Cup 2016 in Ahmedabad. The score was India 35 – Iran 27. The host managed to see off the challenge from Iran who did take a comfortable lead at the half time break. However, a change of strategy and brilliant attacking display by Ajay Thakur saw Indian team overcame the litmus test. The number one Kabaddi team in the world has manged to justify its tag. Iran and India have in the final for the fifth time in a major international tournament – including the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games, and World Cups in 2004 and 2007.

9:12 PM It’s all over. India win the Kabaddi World Cup! They beat Iran by 38 – 29. India are the world champions. Ajay Thakur the man of the moment. What a comeback in the second half. From 13 – 18 to 38-29. 

9: 10 PM With 2 minutes remaining, Iran is desperate to narrow the gap. India should hold onto the lead. India 35 – Iran 27.

9: 06 PM India is inching closer to win the title for third time. Brilliant attacking display by Ajay Thakur. India has taken 10 points lead. India 34 – Iran 24.

9:03 PM Costly mistake by Rahul Chowdhury. Can Iran stage a late comeback? India 30 – Iran 24. Last 5 minutes.

9: 00 PM India 29 – Iran 22. 6 minutes remaining. Indian players need to hold their nerves.

8: 57 PM India is scoring points after points as Iran has lost its sting. India 27 – Iran 21

8: 55 PM Indian defence has rectified the mistakes. India is looking unstoppable. Time out has been taken by Iran. India 26 – Iran 21

8: 51 PM India came back strongly. All out for Iran. Brilliant raids by Ajay Thakur. India 24 – Iran 21.  Nine minutes remaining in the match.

8: 48 PM India takes lead via super tackle. Huge moment in the match. India 21 – Iran 20

8: 45 PM India is looking aggressive. Iranian defence for the first time in the encounter came under threat. India must capitalize. India 17 – Iran 20. Over 10 minutes remaining.

8: 42 PM India scores a ‘super raid’. Can they a stage a comeback? There is time to do so. India 17 – Iran 19

8: 38 PM Costly mistakes by Indian defence hurting the team’s chances to retain the title.

8: 36 PM Quick exchange of raids. India has to attack to neutralize the six points gap. India 13 – Iran 19

8: 28 PM It’s half time. Iran takes 5 points lead over India. India 13 – Iran 18

8: 26 PM Astonishing display by Iran. Their defese is complimenting the attack. India 13 – Iran 18

8: 24 PM  It’s ‘all out’ for India. India 12 – Iran 16

8: 20 PM Both the teams definitely have strategies. So far there is only one two-points raider. Iran looks to tighten its grip on the tie. But India fights back with a ‘super tackle’. India 9 – Iran 10

8: 16 PM Iran continues to impress as the gulf team takes 2 points lead. India 7 – Iran 9

8: 13 PM With under 10 minutes remaining, it’s Iran who takes the lead. India 6 – Iran 7

8: 11 PM Indian raiders are looking a bit shaky. However, it is the defense which will hold the key. India 5 – Iran 6

8:09 PM Iran is giving tough fight. It’s India 3 – Iran 4

8:06 PM Iran fights back. Both the teams have opted for safety first method. India 3 – Iran 3

8:03 PM Consecutive points for India. Iran has two empty raids so far. India 2 – Iran 0

8:02 PM Let the Game Begin! India scores first point of the final.

7:56 PM It’s time for national anthem.

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