Pakistan pulverise US for place in final
KARACHI: Pakistan men’s team stormed into the 4th Kabaddi World Cup final, thrashing USA 51-33 in their semi-final on Wednesday in India.
The triumph is another feather in Pakistan’s cap in the ongoing campaign; they are the only team besides the hosts to remain unbeaten in the competition so far.
The national team won all five matches in their Group B that had Canada, England, Sierra Leone, Scotland and Denmark.
In their opening match, Pakistan had defeated Scotland 63-26 and kept up their winning form thereafter against Denmark (77-22), Sierra Leone (70-13), Canada (61-29) and England (69-28).
Women team defeated in semi-final
On the other hand the national women team’s dream run in the World Cup ended in the semi-final. They were beaten 46-16 in a one-sided encounter by the hosts India and the women in green will now take on Denmark for the third position play-off.
The national team was placed in Group B along with England, Mexico and Denmark. The team had showed promise at the start as they were only narrowly beaten by group leaders Denmark 45-39 in the opening match, while they bounced back against England in their second match, winning 41-30.
They then overcame Mexico 49-24 in the final group match to qualify for the last-four round. However, Wednesday’s defeat saw them exiting the World Cup in which they had participated for the first time.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2013.
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