India humble Argentina 74-20 at Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad

India continued their resounding performance at the Kabaddi World Cup with a big 74-20 win against Argentina.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 18, 2016 9:12 pm
India thumped Argentina 74-20 in their penultimate Pool A game at Kabaddi World Cup.

India continued their superb run of form ever since that shocking defeat to South Korea in the opening game of the Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad. This time the victims were Argentina who were beaten 74-20 by the Anup Kumar-led side. Ajay Thakur top scored for India with 14 points to his name.

India have bounced back quite comfortably since the opening day and have defeated Australia and neighbours Bangladesh with huge margins.

The win took India up to 16 points in four games and a win in the final game would mean the hosts will qualify for the semis and keep their aim of defending the World Cup intact.

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FULL TIME: India win by a big 74-20 margin against Argentina. The home side move on to 16 points from four games. Missed out on the highest score at this World Cup by a single point. Poland still with the record of highest score at 75.

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A little over two minutes left in the match and India have dealt Argentina another blow with another all out. Lead 70-19

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An interesting statistic: India have accumulated 22 tackle points tonight and that is a record. Make that 23!

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ALL OUT! India with yet another all out and yet another four point bonus. Rahul Chaudhari with superb power to ‘throw’ the Argentina player aside for a successful raid. India are 59-15 to the good

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India have been defiant and strong in this contest. From attack to defense. Manjeet Chillar gets the High5 with five tackle points in the game. India lead by 50-15

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ALL OUT x3! Complete demolition of the Argentina attack by India. Third all out in just the first half alone. India up by a whooping 24 points. Lead 35-11

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Pardeep Narwal is so good at the lunge and escape maneuver. Goes in slightly towards the Argentine defence and the defender makes a mistake to take the bait. Quickly moves behind to stretch himself and touch the line. Just a point though. India have extended lead to 29-11

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Ajay Thakur with an incredible offensive showing so far. He’s accumulated nine points already – seven with raids and two with tackles

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ALL OUT! Sandeep Narwal with a huge raid and that’s yet another all out by India. The home side getting plenty of support in Ahmedabad. Three points from Narwal and India are 22-7 up

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India’s defence in sublime form tonight. Teamwork in full tandem and that’s the first all out of the night and India are 12-3 to the good

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Argentina start with a raid and its an unsuccessful start for Mariano Pascual. Easily surrounded by the Indian team and thrown off the court.

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South Korea with their win earlier tonight have assured themselves of a semi-final berth. They’ve got 20 points after four games and are through. India have 11 points after three games and a win now will assure them of a place too

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Build up
With an eye to the top spot in Pool A, a confident India will take on Argentina in their fourth match of the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup here on Saturday.
India had a poor start to the tournament suffering a shock defeat to South Korea in the inaugural match.
But the hosts bounced back in the tournament, defeating Australia and Bangladesh with huge margins and are currently placed second in the group behind South Korea. The hosts will now look to top the Pool by defeating Argentina.
Unbeaten South Korea are sitting atop the Pool with 15 points while India have 11 points from their three matches.
Speaking on their preparations for the match, home skipper Anup Kumar said: “We have prepared well for the match. We had good 2-3 days to prepare our-self for the match.”
Asked about any special strategy to tackle the South American nation, he said: “We are concentrating on our game, we have a good defence and tackle and are sharpening our skills. We will play our natural game.”
The Indian defenders will have to be wary of the Argentine raiders as they have performed quite well in their games against Australia and South Korea.