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Day 13: Who will be Group B’s second semi-finalist?

19 October 2016

Yes, that’s the question we are asking as we look ahead to Day 13! This is an exciting time for fans as the group matches wrap up and we near the business end of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. All eyes will be on the Thailand-Japan tie as there is a semi-final berth up for grabs with all sorts of permutations and combinations involved. Kenya have played all their matches, but will be eagerly waiting for this result as they still have a slim chance of making the semis. Here’s what you could expect...

Bangladesh vs Argentina

Before the much-awaited “semi-finalist deciding” encounter, Group A members Bangladesh and Argentina take on each other in a dead rubber. The Republic of Korea and India have already qualified from Group A. The men in green had a disappointing campaign this time as they lost to the Koreans after squandering a huge lead. They will make sure they return home with a win. Meanwhile, the South American outfit will try to take maximum match experience from their Indian sojourn.

Thailand vs Japan

It's a massive fixture for both sides as the winner of this match will find themselves in the final four of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup at The Arena, Ahmedabad. Thailand will top the table if they win this encounter and they will lock horns with Group A runner-up India in the semis. The Thai players will be high on morale as they have lost just one match and that too to Group B leaders, Iran. On the other hand, Kenya's massive win against Japan and then the United States of America changed the dynamics of their group.

Japan will try to shrug off their disappointment after a shocking defeat to the Kenyans and will look to win this encounter with a huge margin. They have an uphill task to complete, but it’s something they absolutely need to go for, or else they can catch the next plane home.

As the grand kabaddi spectacle heads towards the knockout stage, fans are eagerly waiting for the fireworks expected in this do-or-die match. Will Japan bring their A-game against their wily opponents from Thailand? Or will Kenya sneak in through the back door? The only way to find out is to tune into the Star network and hotstar LIVE – 20:00 IST onwards!