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Day 5: Traditional biggies to slug it out

11 October 2016

The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup has got off to an entertaining start and Day 5 will see the sport’s traditional heavyweights like Bangladesh, India and Iran in action. Kenya are the fourth side in this mix and will square off against the experienced Iranians. India and Bangladesh meet in a clash of the neighbours. 

Iran vs Kenya

Iran have sailed through their opening games with big wins over United States of America and Thailand. Farhad Milaghardan put in a fine all-round performance against the Thais while skipper Meraj Sheykh and Fazel Atrachali have been ever dependable. A special mention to Mohammadesmaeil Maghsoudloumahalli who has come off the bench in both those games to telling effect, totalling 12 points to become the top-scoring raider for Iran. The Kenyans, however, will be no pushover and Iran will aim to keep the winning momentum going.

Kenya’s first match of the tournament was a hard fought win over Poland. Captain David Mosambayi in particular, was spectacular in the match garnering a stupendous 21 points in the game. Phelix Opana and Isaac Ikigu too made some crucial interventions throughout the game. They have to raise their game by a few notches in order to pull off an upset and there is no doubt that the Kenyans will give it their all.

India vs Bangladesh

India returned to winning ways with a facile win over Australia after the shock loss to Republic of Korea in the first match of the tournament. The hosts will look to the experienced duo of Anup Kumar and Manjeet Chhillar to guide them through this match, the winner of which could well be one of the two semi-finalists from Group A.

Bangladesh will bank on the leadership skills of Md. Aruduzzaman Munshi to get them through this difficult match. They will also need big performances from the likes of Mohammad Tuhin Tarafder and Md. Sabuj Mia in a match of such great importance. Bangladesh will take heart from the Koreans’ performance and hope to emulate them.

The Iran-Kenya encounter will be the first of two matches for the day, beginning at 2000 IST, followed by the India-Bangladesh match at 2100 IST. Catch them both LIVE on the Star network and hotstar.