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Brilliant Mosambayi helps Kenya down Poland in pulsating encounter

08 October 2016

The second day of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup witnessed a high-scoring encounter between Poland and Kenya. The Africans triumphed 54-48 thanks to a sensational performance from skipper David Mosambayi who notched up 21 points (18 raid points, 3 tackle points) in the game. The thrill-a-minute game was a great advertisement for the sport and the Kenyans raised their game in crucial moments in the second half to emerge victorious. A game which was studded with tremendous attacking displays from both sides, the Polish defence was found wanting as they notched up only five tackle points.

The match was played at a lightning pace the moment the opening whistle went off. The Kenyans were off to a quick start taking a 3-1 lead before Poland’s Piotr Pamulak’s super raid turned things around. Kenya were all out within no time and the opposition were in the lead 9-4. Pamulak continued to torment but Isaac Ikigu got a couple of crucial raids in and Mosambayi then took over. 

The 22-year-old became the first man to score a Super 10 which proved decisive in getting Poland all out and tying the score at 16-all. Polish captain Michal Spiczko was impressive too as the breathless first half ended 27-27.

The second half too began at the same pace as the first. There was a sequence of seven consecutive successful raids from both sides and the Kenyans broke this sequence by crucially getting Spiczko. Mosambayi got in a few crucial tackles and despite some good raids from Jan Baranowicz and Jakub Kloskowski, Kenya led 48-41 four minutes from time. 

Pamulak tried his best but was unable to close the gap for Poland. Spiczko and Pamulak got 13 and 11 points respectively but were unable contain the irresistible Mosambayi. Empty raids were a rare sight in the match and the Kenyans raised their defensive standards at the right time which eventually proved to be the difference.

Kenya will next face current Group B table toppers Iran on October 11 while Poland play Thailand a day before that. Check out all the stats from Poland vs Kenya here!