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Koreans bag hat-trick of wins in nail-biting thriller versus Bangladesh

13 October 2016

The Republic of Korea proved why they are comeback kings with an inspiring victory against Bangladesh on Thursday night at The Arena, Ahmedabad. The thriller was all kinds of entertainment and a display of grit and glory since the result was deemed to decide India’s fate in the tournament. If Bangladesh were to win, they would have send India and arch rivals Iran different ways. But Republic of Korea’s victory of 35-32 has made an India versus Iran more possible than ever. 

Leading 10-0 at the start, Bangladesh were looking too strong for a relatively inexperienced Korean side. In just over 5 minutes, Bangladesh inflicted an all-out on their opponents. But the game changed sooner than anticipated when Republic of Korea changed their tactics mid-way and nailed seven successive points compared to Bangladesh’s measly two. The score read 12-7 in Bangladesh’s favour. It wasn’t long before the terrific Korean side thrashed an unassuming Bangladesh and got them all out, making a statement on the scoreline with 14-12. By the end of the first half, Republic of Korea were already level pegging with Bangladesh,15-15, a massive comeback after 10-0 trail.

Jang Kun Lee, the Korean talisman, put on an exceptional show as he nailed 15 points; 12 from raids and 3 from tackles. For Bangladesh, Md. Aruduzzaman Munshi and Md. Ziaur Rahman came close to posing a challenge but that wasn’t enough to stop the Koreans. Both teams did not use any substitutions and relied completely on their starting seven. 

The Republic of Korea has now marched to first place in their group with three wins and 15 points followed by India with two wins, a loss and 11 points to their tally. Bangladesh is at third place with two matches remaining, versus Australia and Argentina. Their only hope is if India loses any of their next fixtures against Argentina or England, which seems unlikely. 

The Koreans are still in testing waters with two fixtures remaining; versus Australia and England. Meanwhile, Bangladesh will have to do a lot more than asked for to make it to the semi-finals. For the complete stats of Bangladesh vs Republic of Korea, visit our MatchCentre.