Kabaddi World Cup 2016: Iran thump USA 51-15 in Group B opener

Meraj Sheykh-led team start their 2016 Kabaddi World Cup opener with a 51-15 win over the United States on Friday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated:
Iran easily outclassed USA in their opening match of the tournament.

Title contenders- Iran- kickoff their Kabaddi World Cup campaign with a thumping win over the United States. USA, who are playing their first ever Kabaddi World Cup, were outplayed by the Iranians from the first whistle it self. Two-times runners-up took a 10-0 lead in the first 5 minutes of the game without letting the Americans score a point.

Meraj Sheykh and Fazel Atrachali scored five points each, while Mohammadesmaeil was the top scorer from their side- scoring seven points before being substituted. And defender Abozar Mighani earned five points after some excellent defending skills.

Meanwhile, it was captain Troy Bacon for the Americans, who showed some sign of recovery, as he managed to score eight points.

Iran will next play Thailand on Sunday at 21:00 hrs IST. Thailand is another side, who will be making its World Cup debut on Sunday.

In the first match, South Korea edged past hosts 34-31.  India, who were in the lead for most of the contest, lost their momentum in the end of the game, as the Koreans wiped off the deficit before taking lead over defending champions. India next plays Australia on Saturday night at 21:00 hrs IST.

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