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Day 9: Where the best will be on show

15 October 2016

The weekend is here which means more of kabaddi to whet the fans’ appetite! It will be three back-to-back matches once again with Australia taking on the Republic of Korea, followed by the clash between Iran and Japan. The final match of the day sees Argentina face hosts India. To know what lies ahead of Super Saturday, take a look at our preview…

Republic of Korea vs Australia

The Koreans showcased their never-say-die spirit once again, this time beating Bangladesh in a tense, thrilling encounter. Jang Kun Lee’s men have showcased tremendous spirit and have remained composed even in the face of adversity. The Republic of Korea begin as firm favourites in this match and would look to guard against complacency creeping into their game.

Australia showed great improvement in their last outing against Argentina to register their first win of the campaign. The team has begun to look more cohesive as a unit with the likes of Kuldeep Singh, Jasvir Singh, Adam Schneider, Thomas Sharp and of course, captain Campbell Brown being particularly impressive. They look confident again and would want to ensure they do more than just test the Group A table toppers.

Iran vs Japan

Iran were favourites to top their group before the tournament began and have lived up to that billing so far. They were given a scare by Kenya in their last game but their experience carried them through. With captain Meraj Sheykh expected to be back, the Iranians will be wary of the threat posed by Japan.

The Japanese have proved to be a speedy, tough and disciplined unit so far in the tournament. They work very well as a team led ably by Masayuki Shimokawa. Kazuhiro Takano has been their top raider and Iran will be making plans to reduce his influence. Iran are very strong but the display by Kenya against them may well give plenty of hope to Japan. Both teams have been unbeaten so far, so this match is definitely one you should stay glued to.

India vs Argentina

After the shock opening day loss to the Republic of Korea, India roared back to crush Australia and then Bangladesh in their next two games. The Manjeet Chhillar-led Indian defence can be miserly and Bangladesh would certainly vouch for that. Ajay Thakur and Pardeep Narwal have been explosive raiders and can be hot to handle for any defence. They will look to stick to the basics and get through this game with minimum fuss against the newcomers.

Argentina go into this match as absolute underdogs as they face off against the stalwarts of the sport. They are physically quite a strong side with good athletic ability and will look to learn a thing or two from this encounter. Damage limitation will be a good way to go but the Argentines are not going to go down with a fight for sure.

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