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Day 7: Potential semi-finalists look to establish credentials

13 October 2016

A week into the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup and there has been no dearth of entertainment. Day 7 will see teams like Bangladesh, Kenya, Republic of Korea and Thailand in action, looking to further their quest of making it to the last four stage of the tournament. Kenya will take on Thailand in a Group B clash in the first match of the day while Bangladesh take on the Koreans from Group A in the second. All teams have shown that they are capable of progressing to the next round and these two matches will go quite a way in proving who’s better.

Thailand vs Kenya

After a crushing loss in their opening encounter against Iran, Thailand came back with a vengeance and crushed Poland in their second match. Khunakon Chanjaroen put in a brilliant all-round performance by becoming the only person to complete both a Super 10 (ten raid points) and High 5 (five tackle points) in his 15-point haul. Captain Khomsan Thongkham and Tin Phonchoo were the others who caught the eye in a fantastic team performance. The Kenyans, however, will prove to be a different kettle of fish.

Kenya showed against Iran how fast they improve as a side giving them a run for their money. They won hearts despite losing the match and have shown tremendous resilience. Skipper David Mosambayi will once again be the lynchpin with Phelix Opana, Isaac Ikigu, Elphas Otieno and Odhiambo Ogak Haggai also stepping up in their last game. There is little doubt that this is going to be one of the most keenly fought contests of the tournament so far.

Bangladesh vs Republic of Korea

Bangladesh were taught a lesson by India the last time they took to the mat and were obviously disappointed with the loss. Skipper Aruduzzaman Munshi will once again be crucial to his side’s chances and he has to make sure the team has moved on from that and are fully focused for this crucial game. Bangladesh had marked out the Koreans as their biggest hurdle to reaching the last four and that exactly seems to be the case now. Tuhin Tarafder and Sabuj Mia will look to raise their game after being kept quiet by the Indians.

Republic of Korea have won both their games which included a stunning upset over India. They have exhibited excellent teamwork with Tae Beom Kim and Cheol Gyu Shin being impressive raiders, taking the pressure of Jang Kun Lee. Their defence is well-organised too with Gyung Tae Kim, Chan Sik Park and Jae Min Lee doing superbly there after coming off the bench against Argentina. This one also promises to be one hell of a match! 

Tune in to the Star network and hotstar from 20:00 IST for play-by-play action of Day 7. It promises to be a thrilling couple of matches.