Women's Kabaddi: Iran denies India third successive gold

India's players celebrate after beating Thailand during the women's team Group A kabaddi match at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.   -  AFP

Good afternoon, welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Asian Games kabaddi gold-medal match between India and Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iranian players in tears after the win, which was forged on a great second-half display! It was trailing India 11-13 at the halfway point, but through a combination of aggressive tackling and raiding, the Iranian women trumped India to secure the gold medal. 

14:14: Iranian women secure gold, beat India 27-24, forcing India to settle for silver.

14:12: Khalaj Ghazal wins a bonus point for Iran and Sakshi Kumar is successfully tackled on the following raid for India. India 24-27 Iran.

14:11: Sakshi Kumar wins two raid points with a bonus point to reduce the deficit to one point, India 24-25 Iran.

14:09: India takes a timeout, trailing Iran by four points into the final two minutes of the match. India 21-25 Iran.

14:06: Payel Chaudhari is successfully tackled by Iranian defenders, who help take a 24-20 lead in the gold-medal match.

14:05: Khalaj Ghazal with a successful tackle for Iran which is followed by Payel Chaudhari winning a bonus point for India. India 23-20 Iran.

14:04: Randeep Kaur with an empty raid and the score now is India 19-22 Iran.

14:02: Sedigheh Jafari is taken down by India's defenders, the score is India 19-21 Iran.

14:00: Payel Chaudhary with a successful raid to reduce the gap to two points, India 17-19 Iran.

13:57: Sakshi Kumar with a successful raid which is followed by a successful raid for Iran, which still holds a substantial lead over India. India 15-18 Iran.

13:54: Sonali Vishnu successfully tackled by the Iranian defenders and after another unsuccessful raid for India, Khalaj Ghazal inflicts an all-out on India. Iran with six successive points since half-time, Iran 17-13 India.

13:53: Randeep Kaur with the first raid of the half. She returns with an empty raid. India 13-11 Iran.

13:52: The second half is underway.

13:48: Payel Chaudhari with an unsuccessful raid, but India holds a 13-11 lead against Iran at the halfway point in the women's kabaddi gold-medal match.

13:46: Randeep Kaur wins India two points with a super raid, India 13-8 Iran as we approach half-time.

13:45: Sedigheh Jafari is taken down by India's defenders on what was a do-or-die raid for Iran. India 11-8 Iran.

13:42: Khalaj Ghazal taken down by India's defenders, who momentarily give India a 10-7 lead before an unsuccessful tackle for India helps Iran reduce the gap to two points (8-10).

13:40: Payel Chaudhari with a successful raid to go with a bonus point, giving India a three-point lead, 9-6.

13:39: Azadeh wins two points with her raid to get Iran to 5-7, but India almost pull off an all-out with the next raid. The score stands India 7-6 Iran.

13:37: Khalaj Ghazal with an empty raid after India won a point to go 7-3 up.

13:36: Payel Chaudhari with an empty raid which is followed up by a successful raid by Iran's Khalaj Ghazal, who reduces India's lead to 3 (6-3).

13:35: Ritu Negi, India's right-corner, with a successful tackle for India, which is 6-2 up now.

13:34: Jafari attained parity for Iran with her raid, which was sandwiched between two successful raids from the Indian girls. India 4-2 Iran.

13:30: Sedigheh Jafari with an empty raid first up! Payel Chaudhary with India's first raid and she wins a point. India 1-0 Iran.

We're ready to raid and tackle!

The ouster of the Indian men's kabaddi team at the hands of Iran in yesterday's semifinal has put added focus on the Indian women's kabaddi team, which takes on Iran in the gold-medal match later this afternoon. This is the third successive Asian Games final that the women's team has qualified for, having secured gold at the last two editions of the tournament.

Both India and Iran have won each of their five matches so far in convincing fashion. Therefore, the match-up for the final couldn't have been better.

You can follow the updates of the other events in the other blog.