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Asian Games Kabaddi: Indian men's, women's team register first win

Indian men's team decimated Bangladesh 55-18 and the women's side recorded a 56-23 win over South Korea

Indian women Kabaddi team

Indian women Kabaddi team at Asian Games


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 3 Oct 2023 4:23 PM GMT

The Indian men's and women's kabaddi team registered their first win in their group games at the Asian Games 2023 on Tuesday.

Starting their campaign with win, Indian men's team decimated Bangladesh 55-18. In their bid to regain the Asian Games gold medal, the Indians, who slipped to a bronze at the 2018 edition, took a 24-9 lead at the half-time.

Naveen Kumar Goyat and Arjun Deshwal spearheaded their raids in style to inflict the first all-out in the 12th minute.

Bangladesh managed to inflict two supertackles in the first half on Pawan Sehrawat and then on Goyat but that proved insufficient as India took 12-point lead inside 20 minutes.

Bangladesh faltered in their raids as the Indians extended their lead in the second-half and sealed the issue.

In the men's event, India find themselves clubbed with Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Japan in Group A, while Group B comprises Iran, Korea, Pakistan and Malaysia.

Later in the day, the women's side recorded a 56-23 win over South Korea in their second group A game. India, last edition's silver medallist, were held to a surprise 34-34 draw by Chinese Taipei in their opening match on Monday.

The women's kabaddi team, last edition's silver medallist, endured a disappointing start after being held to an unexpected 34-34 draw by Chinese Taipei on Monday.

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