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Day 2: Triple treat in store for kabaddi fans

08 October 2016

Kabaddi fans will be in for a treat on Day 2 of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup with three back-to-back matches which will be telecast live on the Star network and hotstar in India. The England vs Bangladesh match will begin the day’s proceedings followed by Poland locking horns with Kenya. The final match will see hosts India take on Australia in the second Pool A encounter of the day.

England vs Bangladesh

England open their campaign against Bangladesh in the first of three matches on Super Saturday. They have good players in captain Someshwar Kalia and Keshav Gupta around whom the rest of the players will look to rally around. The English are an unknown quantity and would want to use the element of surprise to their advantage.

Bangladesh have been traditionally strong in the sport and look to be a good bet for making it to the semi-finals. They have a tight defence with the likes of Mohammad Tuhin Tarafder and Md. Sabuj Mia in their ranks and will look to improvise on their raiding skills to get them through.

Poland vs Kenya

The Polish may be relatively new to the game but are definitely a strong and capable side. Skipper Michal Spiczko has experience playing in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi and that will be invaluable to his teammates. Poland have players with background in different contact sports, so watch out for some unorthodox moves!

Kenya are a fast and strong side with players like David Mosambayi and Phelix Opana who have had a taste of Indian players and conditions thanks to their stint in the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi. They will look to the coach Laventer Oguta who has been at the forefront of introducing the sport in Kenya, for inspiration.

India vs Australia  

India will be smarting from the painful defeat against Republic of Korea in the opening match of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. Anup Kumar and Co. are wounded and will look to bounce back from that to show the world why they are the favourites.

The Australian team have a natural aggression about them. The players are strong, athletic and good at raiding. They will be wary of an Indian backlash but will look to go all-out against them. It will be interesting to watch if the Aussies’ sheer athletic ability will be enough to pull off another upset in the tournament.

All the action from the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup is available on the Star network and hotstar.