2016 Kabaddi World Cup :: Iran showcase all-round superiority with emphatic win over USA - News

Iran showcase all-round superiority with emphatic win over USA

07 October 2016

Iran produced a strong performance in their opening match of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup as they thumped the United States of America 52-15. The Americans were making their debut in the tournament and their inexperience was evident as they barely troubled Iran throughout the match. The Iranians showed why they are an emerging powerhouse in kabaddi with an impeccable all-round display. Captain Meraj Sheykh and Fazel Atrachali scored five points each for Iran whereas USA skipper Troy Bacon scored eight points for his team. 

Iran began strongly and led 3-0 after two minutes as USA struggled to get into the game. Marshalled by Fazel Atrachali, Iran didn’t allow the US raiders to score a single point in the first five minutes as Iran led 6-0. An all-out was inflicted by Iran in the sixth minute as they raced to 10-0. The Americans finally opened their account in the eighth minute as Bismarck Charles scored two points. Iran continued to pile on the points as they led 15-2 after 10 minutes. Scoring points at will, Iran restricted the opposition raiders to lead 18-2 after 11 minutes and even inflicted the second all-out in the 12th minute as they led 22-2.

The USA defence scored their first point in the 14th minute as they trailed 4-23. Captain Bacon scored two raid points and the team managed another two points in the last minute as they trailed 8-27. Iran completely dominated the proceedings in the first half with Abolfazl M. Mahalli and Atrachali scoring four points each. 

The second half was a similar story as Iran continued to score points at ease and led 30-8 after 24 minutes. A super raid and an all-out followed to take the lead up to 37. USA captain Troy Bacon responded with a super raid of his own as they trailed 13-37 after 28 minutes. Iran scored five points in a row in four minutes to lead 42-13 after 31 minutes. Bacon seemed to be the lone ranger for USA as he scored more than half of his team’s points. 

With less than five minutes left on the clock, Iran inflicted another all-out to lead 49-15. The Americans did redeem themselves in the second half after a hapless first 10 minutes in the match, but Iran ultimately were far too good for recording a comprehensive 52-15 win.