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Bangladesh showcase intent, cruise with an easy win over England

08 October 2016

Riding on excellent performances by their raiders, Bangladesh notched up a comfortable 52-18 win over England in the second match of Group A of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad. Captain Md. Aruduzzaman Munshi led the scoring charts with eight points as Bangladesh raiders scored 34 points in all. England’s defence, unfortunately, had a night to forget as they not only failed to score too many points but also allowed easy bonus points to their opponents on numerous occasions. 

Bangladesh started off well as they took a five-point lead with their raiding efforts in the first seven minutes. The England raiders did try their best to keep the Bangladeshi defenders on their toes but largely struggled to come to grips with the game, scoring just four points in the first 10 minutes. The defence line of both teams struggled as they scored just one defensive point in 10 minutes.

England were staring at an all-out as they were reduced to just two men but they forced a super tackle in the 13th minute with captain Someshwar Kalia putting in a critical challenge. The Asian side, however, inflicted the first all-out on England with less than six minutes remaining in the first half and led 17-6. 

Munshi had five consecutive raids, while England lost many defenders as their right and left corners went for many half-hearted tackles, giving easy points to the opponents. The first half ended with a 23-9 scoreline in favour of Bangladesh.

In the second half, it was Bangladesh all the way as England gave away too many bonus points and made careless tackles near the baulk line. The men in green increased their lead constantly as their raiders continued to score with ease, opening a 25-point lead in the 33rd minute with England reduced to just one man. Temi Tope Adewalure did manage to restore some pride for England with a super raid in the 36th minute. Bangladesh was still well ahead at 44-16. Showcasing their deep roots in kabaddi, Bangladesh were relentless and outdid England in the end across all departments. The final score read a whopping 52-18. 

The Bangladeshi bench collected nine points while the English subs failed to make any impact in the game.

Bangladesh outdid England in all departments to beat England comfortably by a huge margin with a scoreline of 52-18. The winners now face hosts India in a crucial tie for the latter on Tuesday, October 11 whereas England will look to turn it around against the Aussies on Monday, October 10.