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‘Tope’ class England power past Argentina

14 October 2016

England lodged their second win of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup after they produced a clinical performance to crush Argentina by a huge 68-28 margin. Once again, Temi Tope Adewalure was the star as he produced a 19-point display to extend his lead on the top raiders chart. England’s other usual suspects Someshwar Kalia and Keshav Gupta impressed once again while Tejash Depala was the standout in defence.

Both teams seem to be a tad cautious at the start before the English zoomed ahead. Argentina were within striking distance of England initially as they got both Adewalure and Gupta out. But Tejash Depala was a thorn in the side for the Argentine raiders as he kept getting his thigh holds spot on. Adewalure then returned with a vengeance as Argentina wilted under his onslaught. It looked like he was taking the mickey out of his opponents with a heady mix of power and guile. Gupta too got going with Kalia being dependable as ever with England racing to 33-9 at the interval.

Argentina were in danger of conceding a lot and ended doing exactly that. They looked disjointed and impatient in defence. Their decision-making was suspect throughout while England were spot-on with theirs. Depala racked up a game high of eight tackle points, one more than the Argentine total. Adewalure breezed his way to 19 raid points followed by Gupta with 10. Kalia underlined his all-round abilities with nine raid points and four tackle points for a 13-point haul.

The South American team gifted away far too many easy points to the English. The more they play, the more they will learn. Their inexperience showed up but this will aid a lot in their overall development. They certainly have the power and agility for this level. As for the English, they have improved greatly since their first-match thrashing at the hands of Bangladesh and have started to gel really well. Defence is key and England will look to the litmus tests against India and Republic of Korea next with a better sense of belief in themselves.

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