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Asian Games Kabaddi: Indian men's team reaches semis, to face Pakistan

Indian men's kabaddi team remained undefeated in the group stage to qualify for the semi-finals of the Asian Games 2023.

Asian Games Kabaddi: Indian mens team reaches semis, to face Pakistan

Pawan Sehrawat (right) is most likely to lead the Indian Kabaddi team for the upcoming Asian Games.


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 6 Oct 2023 7:04 AM GMT

Nine-time champions Indian men's kabaddi team thrashed Chinese Taipei and Japan on their way to the semifinals of the Asian Games 2023 on Thursday.

India will face Pakistan in the last four on Friday.

The Indian team topped the points table while the Chinese Taipei finished at the top spot.

In a game where India dominated, Chinese Taipei also impressed with their defensive skills. India inflicted three all-outs on their opponents while the raiders notched four bonus points.

The Indians led Chinese Taipei 28-12 in the first half before pocketing 22 more points against their opponent's 15 in the second period. Chinese Taipei also made an all-out on the Indian team.

India thrashed Japan 56-30 in the final group game to finish the group stage undefeated.

Earlier India started the 2023 Asian Games campaign with an emphatic 55-18 win over Bangladesh on Tuesday. India defeated Thailand on Wednesday to win their second game.

By advancing to the semis, India has assured themselves of at least a bronze medal, but the Indian team will look to win back the gold medal lost in the 2018 Asian Games.

India lost to Iran in the semifinals at the 2018 Asian Games to win the bronze medal after a dominant streak of seven consecutive gold medals.

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