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Day 12: India look to seal semis spot as Kenya live to fight another day

18 October 2016

With the final few league fixtures coming up, there will be more at stake for some than the others. In Group B, Kenya will be the favourites against United States of America and will look to heap pressure on the other semi-final contenders, Thailand and Japan, with a win. Group A sees hosts India take on England in their final league match and the former will be looking to seal a last four spot with minimal fuss.

USA vs Kenya

The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup has been a great learning experience for USA. The Americans have had a taste of top level kabaddi and this would stand them in great stead for the future. Troy Bacon and his men will be the underdogs against a Kenyan side that is vying for a spot in the semi-finals.

Kenya are still in contention for a final four spot and will also hope for a Japanese win against Thailand in the last league match of the tournament to boost their chances. However, they can’t take USA for granted and would want to win by a big margin. The Kenyan defence was spectacular in their previous match against Japan as they recorded a surprise win over their much-fancied opponents. It is not just about skipper David Mosambayi anymore and they are gelling well as a unit.

India vs England

India have played like favourites and haven’t let the shock opening day loss to Republic of Korea affect them too much. They have come back stronger and opponents have faced their wrath. The defence is very strong and well-knit. The likes of Ajay Thakur and Pardeep Narwal have done brilliantly in raids sending out a message to future opponents that all is well indeed. They will look to get the job done by beating England and making sure they don’t leave the back door open for Bangladesh.

England have improved tremendously after their defeat to Bangladesh in their first match. They did lose by a big margin to the Koreans previously but will look to learn from that. Tejash Depala has shone in defence consistently, while captain Someshwar Kalia is still their mainstay. Temi Tope Adewalure and Keshav Gupta will look to make amends after their forgettable outing against Republic of Korea by creating trouble for one of the best defensive units in the game.

Coverage for Day 12 starts at 20:00 IST on the Star network and hotstar.