Kabaddi Masters: India sails into the final

India beat South Korea 36-20 in the semifinals of the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018.

India skipper Ajay Thakur attempts a raid against South Korea in the semifinals of the Kabaddi Masters Dubai on Jun 29.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

India overcame a few early hiccups to defeat South Korea 36-20 in the semifinals of the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018, at Al Wasl SC here on Friday. India will face Iran in the final on Saturday.

South Korea, led by ace raider Jan Kung Lee, started well, taking a 7-3 lead. A fine raid by skipper Ajay Thakur and a solid tackle allowed India to level the score at 7-7.

The two sides then battled hard to gain the crucial maiden lona. It was India which got the all-out, giving the side a 13-8 advantage. South Korea had little chance to mount a comeback from there.

Indian youngster Girish Maruti got the biggest applause of the night, when he pinned Lee to the mat with a tight bear hug solo tackle.

In the other semifinal, a thoroughly impressive Iran whipped Pakistan 40-21.

The results (semifinals): Iran bt Pakistan 40-21; India bt South Korea 36-20.