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Dominant India inch closer to semi-final spot

15 October 2016

India won their third match in a row by defeating Argentina 74-20 in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The hosts are now one step closer to a semi-final berth and their next match – against England – could well be a walk in the park given their recent form. For India, Ajay Thakur and Rahul Chaudhari clinched Super 10s with their brilliant raids while Manjeet Chhillar, Surjeet and Surender Nada scored High 5s – the highest in a match ever. 

Despite captain Anup Kumar’s empty first raid, India did not fail to impress with a dominating game right from the start itself. Argentina were constantly kept on their toes and struggled to bag points. 

The Argentines somehow knew what the end result would be, but still seemed to put in their best efforts, occasionally winning points through successful raids when India had their guard down. For the South Americans, Nahuel Villamayor came close to a Super 10 as he managed to win eight raid points through the match. But with six all-outs and umpteen bonus raids in India’s favour, Argentina crumbled like a house of cards never recovering from the huge deficit. 

India next face England on October 18 in their last group stage match which calls for nothing less than a win. While the road to the semi-finals for the home side looks clear, they should be wary of being complacent against the English and use the match time smartly to prepare for the knockout games ahead. Argentina will lock horns with Bangladesh in their final outing of the tournament on October 19 and will hope for a win to return home with some cheer.  

India are second behind Republic of Korea in Group A with 16 points from four games whereas Argentina are at the bottom with zero points from four games. If you missed the India vs Argentina encounter, check out our MatchCentre for the full stats and play-by-play updates.