Fluent wins for Indian men and women teams
Defending champions Indian women began their campaign in grand style by outplaying Denmark with a comfortable margin of 60-17 in their opening three-national group A encounter in the 3rd Pearls World Cup Kabaddi-2012 at the War Heroes Memorial Stadium here today.
Displaying their overall supremacy in the Punjabis' 'maan game' (circle kabaddi), the hosts team, cheered by a sizable crowd which included Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, had established a commanding lead by 39-5 at half time.
Priyanka and Kulwinder Kaur were their main raiders as they contributed six valuable points each. Sukhwinder Kaur got five points. Indian catchers Anu Rani, Jatinder Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Mukhdi were successful in securing 7, 6, 4 and 4 points, respectively.
Hosts India carried too many guns against Afghanistan in their men's Pool A match. India won with a margin of 73-24 points without doing any extra labour. At the end of first half India were leading by 37-11 points. Indian raiders Gurwinder Singh Kahlwan, Malwinder Singh and Ekam Hathor scored 8, 7 and 7 points, respectively.
The hosts' other raiders Manminder Sra, Sukhbir Singh Sarawan, Sukhi Lakhanke Padha and Gurlal Ghanour scored 5, 5, 4 and 3 points respectively. Indian players gave all-round performances. Some of them excelled as raiders as well as stoppers as India registered their second successive victory in the four-team round-Robin League programme.
India stoppers Gopi Manki, Yad Kotli, Ekam Hathor and Pala Jalalpur got four points each.
Afghanistan's raiders Saifullaha Ahmani, Abdul Karim and Nasir Ahmed scored 7, 4 and 3 points, respectively. Their stoppers stoppers Sakhizada got 1 point.
In a Group B women's outing USA proved too good for Turkmenistan whom they thrashed by 44-27 points. The Americans were leading by 21-16 at interval.
Powerul American raiders Liana and Guramrit Kaur broke the backbone of Turkmenistan by top-scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively. American stoppers Meena Devi and Nathalia displayed their catching techniqhes to secured 6 and 4 points, respectively.
Turkmenistan raiders Adureva and Kuzmina scored 7 and 6 points respectively whereas their stoppers Lavova and Ovazova got 4 and 2 points, respectively.
In the men's section Canada logged full points at the expense of New Zealand who started on a promising note but the Canadian team took time to settle down and after that they never looked back.
Canada won by 62-31 after leading by 32-19 points at interval.
Canada's raiders Laddi Parasrampur, Ravi Sarai and Tejinder Singh Terry Purewal combined well and scored 10, 7 and 6 points, respectively to fashion their team's easy win in Pool B match. Their stoppers Daljinder and Sere Malleana got 5 points each. Kiwi raiders Manjot Singh and Dilawar Singh got 6 and 5 points, respectively whereas stopper Sukha Raju earned 5 points.