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Argentina overpowered by the Tigers’ roar

19 October 2016

Bangladesh, who failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, were in no mood to show any mercy against Argentina, thrashing them 67-26. The Asian side looked composed and kept ascendancy over their opponents. While the South American team played as one cohesive unit, they couldn't recover from the early rout

As the first half began, Bangladesh didn't waste any time and took a 11-0 lead early on, including a 4th minute all-out over Argentina. There was no evidence of casual approach among the Bangladeshi players as they kept on earning points at will. In the 6th minute, Sebastian Canencia broke the deadlock for Argentina with a perfect thigh hold. Munshi was looking unstoppable as he posted the quickest Super 10 of the tournament in just under 10 minutes. Eugenio Petermann showed a ‘dubki’ of the best quality, deceiving Bangladeshi defenders. That was probably the highlight of the first period.

At the halfway mark, Bangladesh outscored Argentina with a 33-15 scoreline. But it was commendable that the men in blue-and-white scored 13 raid points in the half, including 3 super raids.

The second half started with another Argentina all-out. Bangladesh were sitting in a comfortable ambush position and let the raiders come deep to clinch some effortless tackle points. The Argentines though fell victim to their own sins with some sloppy defending and unnecessary advanced tackles. Bangladesh’s offensive unit cooled a bit after halftime but the fleet-footed Tuhin Tarafder was on a fierce run, collecting a Super 10 in the process. Argentina had a good showing on both ends of the mat, but it was not enough to beat the formidable Bangladeshi side.

The Asian team had the upper hand throughout the match but it was Argentina who warmed the fans’ hearts with their ‘super’ efforts despite losing the tie. Bangladesh may not have advanced to the final four but have every reason to be proud of their performance in this tournament. Two players stood out today: the audacious captain Aruduzzaman Munshi as he weaved past several Argentine defenders to earn many touch points and the fleet-footed Tuhin Tarafder, a workhorse who just goes about doing his job to perfection without often being noticed, scoring 16 points. Definitely bodes well for the future of kabaddi in Bangladesh!

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