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DAY 8: ENGLAND LOOK TO CONSOLIDATE AS THREE TEAMS SEARCH FOR FIRST WIN

14 October 2016

Day 8 of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be a battle between the newcomers. England will take on Argentina from Group A while in Group B, Poland clash with United States of America. The South Americans look to get their first points of the tournament while the English need to win to stay in contention for a place in the last four. USA and Poland look to be out of the race for a place in the next round which means both teams will play freely and it should make for an interesting watch.

England vs Argentina

England responded to their trashing by Bangladesh with a mauling of their own against Australia. Temi Tope Adewalure has been the star after his sensational 22-point haul against the Aussies following a decent outing in the first game. The lanky Keshav Gupta has posed problems for the opposition defence and captain Someshwar Kalia has impressed with his all-round abilities. They would want to win this game to get themselves in a good frame of mind for the remaining two tough encounters against Republic of Korea and India.

It has been a tale of two halves for Argentina in the two games that they have played so far. They have performed much better in the second half of both those matches and will have to begin better to stand a winning chance. Mariano Pascual, Eugenio Petermann, Franco Castro and Nahuel Villamayor have been impressive raiders. Rafael Acevedo and Sebastian Canencia have been good defensively but the team needs to be more cohesive while stopping opposition raiders. The tournament has had its own share of surprises so far and the South American side will look to spring one of their own.

USA vs Poland

The Troy Bacon-led USA side have been found wanting in their first two games and need to improve their game on all fronts. They have struggled defensively with only one tackle point each in both games with Kevin Caldwell managing both. Bacon has been a good raider and the team will have learned a lot from the difficult matches against Iran and Japan. It will be interesting to see if they can emulate sides like Kenya, England and Australia as teams who have shown vast improvement in the tournament till date.

Poland began the tournament sprightly, narrowly going down to Kenya in a rollicking encounter. Much was expected from a strong and athletic Polish side who have, rather surprisingly, gone off the boil after that match. Defence has been a cause for concern for them and will have learnt from their previous games. Their attacking has been decent and would want to exploit the weak USA defence. It should make for an entertaining watch as both teams have nothing to lose.

Action from the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup begins at 20:00 IST at The Arena, Ahmedabad. Catch it LIVE on the Star network and hotstar as well.