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Pakistan march into WCK-2012 semis by routing Italy

Posted on Dec 08, 08:37PM | UNI

Asian champions Pakistan mesmerized Italy by 66-20 points after having taken the driver's seat at the end of first half with a 33-9 lead in Pool C of the 3rd Pearls World Cup Kabaddi being hosted by the Punjab Government here today.

Fighting fit Pakistan players showed their overall skills against Italy in all departments of the game at the Guru Arjun Dev Ji Stadium.

Encouraged with their recent title victory against their traditional rivals India in the Asia Kabaddi Cup, Pakistan players are maintaining their performance and form. Today, they faced a little resistance from Italy in the first few minutes as Italy led 5-4. However, Pakistan proved far superior to their opponents.

Without giving any further liberty to the Italy players, Pakistan raided with purpose and stopped their opponents with firm holds. As the match progressed, Pakistan left it to their bench strength to take over against a weak opponent.

In a systematic manner, Pakistan first reprimanded Italy and then demolished them with a big margin of 46 points and it was made mainly due to fine display by Butt brothers Shafique and Waqas and Akmal Shahzad. Their captain and stopper Mushraf Javed was also the team inspiration.

Waqas Butt scored with 12 points while Shafique made 15 points.

Akmal Shahzad scored nine points. Sajjad Gujjar (5), Asif Ali (4) and Manisha Gujjar (4) excelled four points each.

Italian raiders Baljinder Padda and Vivek got four points each. It was third successive victory for Pakistan and they topped their pool and qualified for the semi-final.

In a Pool B women's match, England team which have players from the Army, defeated United States of America by 50-28 after leading by 24-14 at first half. England, USA and Malaysia have recorded one victory each so far. In this tough pool, a keen tussle in on the cards for a berth in semi-final.

Earlier, making their maiden appearance Sierre Leone registered a convincing verdict against Scotland by 73-24 after leading 36-13 at the conclusion of the first half.