Indian kabaddi teams enter semifinals with easy wins

The Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams registered dominating displays to cruise into the semifinals of the 2018 Asian Games.

Indian players celebrate after beating Sri Lanka during the women's team Group A kabaddi match against Sri Lanka at the Asian Games in Jakarta.   -  AFP

The Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams secured emphatic wins against their respective opponents to qualify for the semifinals of the Asian Games on Tuesday.

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The men’s team, a seven-time gold-medallist, bounced back from the shock 23-24 defeat against South Korea to beat Thailand 49-30 in its fourth and final Group A match. The side had beaten Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28 before losing to South Korea.

India is certain to finish among the top two teams in the group and qualify for the semifinals. The group winner will be known after South Korea pays its other matches.

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In the women’s competition, India won both its matches to top Group A with an all-win record and qualify for the semifinals. In the first match of the day, the Indian women defeated Sri Lanka 38-12 before trouncing Indonesia 54-22 in its final group match.

The Indians had beaten Japan 43-12 and Thailand 33-23 in their earlier group matches.

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India will play against the second-placed team in Group B in the semifinals. The semifinals will be held on August 23 while the final will be played the following day.