The Indian Men’s kabaddi team cruised into the final of the 2019 South Asian Games by humbling Nepal 62-26 in their final game of the preliminary stage. The win means India are unbeaten in the tournament, having registered four victories on the bounce.
The triumphant Indian side ended the match with a 36-point winning margin and recorded their biggest victory in this edition till date.
Going into the final as favourites, India will face Sri Lanka on Monday and are tipped to bring back yet another gold medal.
The captain of the ship, Deepak Niwas Hooda along with ruthless raiders Pardeep Narwal and ‘Hi-Flyer’, Pawan Sehrawat took charge upfront, garnering points after points and managed to inflict two All-Outs in the first half itself. The corners were covered by Nitesh Kumar and Vishal Bhardwaj while Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal were deployed as covers.
The hosts were cornered in their raids and their only saving grace throughout the match came in form of Super Tackles as Indian defender, Vishal Bharadwaj was on the alert and actively pursued his defensive duties to thwart the raiding abilities of the Nepali raiders.
The final punch was delivered by the Indian team in the second half as they extended their lead of 19 points to a 36-point margin as the match ended in the favour of the defending champions.
India have qualified for the finals in every edition of the South Asian Games, and given their hefty victories over their neighbouring countries, it will take something out of the extra-ordinary for the Lankan lions to roar back and upset the Indian contingent.
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