Haryana continued to maintain their dominance across all the categories as Kabaddi reached its end at the Khelo India Youth Games 2020.
There were several close calls in the semi-finals, with the other being a rather one-sided affair. The spectators, however, were duly entertained by the young guns on Day 4 and here’s what happened in the penultimate and the final round of the tournament.
Rajasthan locked horns with Maharashtra in the first semi-final of the U-17 boys’ category, and the former narrowly emerged victorious by 55-51 to book their place in the final. The other semi-final had Bihar taking on Haryana and with no surprise, the latter pipped the former by 59-23.
Haryana eventually took on Rajasthan and it proved out to be a rather easy as they defeated their opponent by 42-26.
Unbeaten in the tournament so far, the Haryana U-17 girls’ team overcame a rather easy challenge from Chhattisgarh, beating them 52-21 in the first semi-final. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, got the better of Bihar by 32-17 in the second semi-final.
In the U-17 girls’ final, Haryana pipped Tamil Nadu by just five points (25-20) to clinch the title.
The closest of all encounters was played between Haryana U-21 and Chandigarh U-21. By the stroke of 40 minutes, there was nothing to separate the two teams as both were tied at 39 points each. In the extra-time though, Haryana got the better of their opponent to clinch the game by 44-42. In the second semi-final, Maharashtra had an easy outing as they thrash Uttar Pradesh by 38-20.
After a tough encounter against Chandigarh, Haryana defeated Maharashtra by 41-27 to emerge as the champions.
Himachal Pradesh squared off against Chhattisgarh and although he seemed like a close encounter, the former emerged victorious by 34-28. Haryana, on the other hand, made a mockery of Uttar Pradesh by beating them 41-16 in the second semi-final.
This was arguably the closest final of all. Having outplayed Uttar Pradesh in all departments, Haryana were given a hard time by Himachal Pradesh, but somehow managed to clinch the title by 35-32.
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