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Day 4: Of old grudges and new rivalries

10 October 2016

The first three days of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup has seen some exciting action, whetting the appetite of fans for the days to come. The rivalry between England and Australia will resume on a whole new playing field and both teams will be eager to log points after big defeats. Both teams suffered crushing defeats in their opening fixtures and it will be a question of which side improves the most. In Group B, Poland will be smarting from their loss against Kenya in a high-octane encounter and will fancy themselves against Thailand who themselves will be looking to bounce back after getting rolled over by mighty Iran in their opening encounter.

Here’s the lowdown on both Monday matches:

England vs Australia

England were handed a lesson in kabaddi by traditional heavyweights Bangladesh and will be keen to improve on their display. They will be buoyed by Temi Tope Adewalure’s fine raiding skills and he was England’s best performer in that match. The English will look to improve their defence and captain Someshwar Kalia will be key to that.

The Aussies too will have learnt a lot in the game against India where they failed to score a single tackle point. They can only look to get better and the raiding prowess of skipper Campbell Brown and Kuldeep Singh could pose a threat to the English. Add to it the age-old sporting rivalry between the two teams, and the match has all the ingredients to make it an exciting affair.

Thailand vs Poland

Thailand faced a tough Iranian side and found it tough to cope with their experience. Nonetheless, they definitely must have taken a lot of learning from that game and will look to create problems for Poland. Captain Khomsan Thongkham did well against Iran and will look to his team to rise to the occasion against Spiczko and Co.

Poland showed the world why they are said to be the best among the European nations in the sport by putting in a terrific show against Kenya in a free-scoring game. They eventually fell to David Mosambayi’s brilliance but walked out of the match with their heads held high. Spiczko and Piotr Pamulak impressed with their raiding skills against Kenya and will be looking to defend better to keep alive their hopes of making it to the semi-finals.

You can catch the telecast on the Star network and hotstar as LIVE action gets underway from 20:00 IST at The Arena, Ahmedabad.