Bathinda, Dec 13 (): India and Pakistan Men’s kabaddi teams paved their entry into the final after defeating Iran by 72-23 and Canada by 53-27 respectively in the semi-final of the 3rd World Cup held at Bathinda, the headquarters of Bathinda district in the Indian Punjab, on Wednesday.
The Men’s final would be played on December 15, Saturday at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana.
Prize money for Men’s team
• Rs 2 crore for the winner
• Rs 1 crore for the runner-up
• 51 lakh for the third position
Men’s semis: India defeats Iran
The semifinal between hosts Team India and Iran became a one-sided clash as India defeated Iran by 72-23.
India was leading by 44-8, by the end of 1st half. Indian raiders Sukhdev Singh, Sukhbir Sarwan and Manminder Sran scored 11, 7 and 6 points respectively whereas its stoppers earned Eakan Hatur (5), Gurjit Goggu (4), Narinder Ram Bittu Duggal (4), Balbir Pala (4) and Gurpreet Gopi Manaki (3) also contributed to the winning cause.
Pakistan outclasses Canada
In the other semifinal match, between Pakistan and Canada, Pakistan won the match. Pakistan, who previously lost the match to Canada in the semis of the last edition, took revenge beating them by 53-27. Pakistan played superb throughout the tournament and had an upper hand right from the start.
Pakistan was leading by 29-13, by the end of the 1st half. Pakistan raiders scored Obeidulla Lala (11), Akmal Doger (9), Mohammad Irfan (7) and Waqas Butt (5) points respectively whereas stoppers Sujad Gujar bagged 7 points, Musharf Janjua 6 and Mansa Gujar 2 points respectively.
Canada raiders Kulwinder Kinda Beharipuria and Onkar Singh scored 12 points each whereas its stopper Hardeep Tau scored 2 points.
The final match would be a tough final as India which was unlikely to face problems against Iran, will use their home advantage and try to get revenge from Pakistan who defeated them in the final of the 2nd Asian Cup recently in Lahore.