First knockout game of the night, Iran kept their side of the bargain, beating South Korea 28-22 to become the first team to enter the kabaddi World Cup final at the Arena by Transstadia in Ahmedabad.
After Iran took a brief lead in the first five minutes of play though, there were hints of an approaching upset as the Koreans steadily started pushing their weight on the defensive front, effectively shutting down Iran captain Meraj Sheykh and their second raider Abolfazl Maghsoudlou.
More so in the 13th minute, when Pro Kabaddi League and Korea’s star raider Jang Kun Lee inflicted the first all-out of the game on the Iranians, taking the score to 10-4.
At the same time, South Korea, who were the only team to progress to the semi-final stages with an unbeaten record in the group stage – including a two-point win against hosts India – were steadily
becoming flamboyant in their raids.
Simultaneously, the pressure started building up on Lee to win raid points as the other Korean attackers Dong Geon Lee and Tae Beom Kim started faltering. It was a trait that even the Korean skipper Dong Ju Hong asserted after the game.
Eventually, Iran gained momentum as the Koreans started falling back. Simultaneously, the pressure started building up on Lee to win raid points as the other Korean attackers Dong Geon Lee and Tae Beom Kim started faltering. It was a trait that even the Korean skipper Dong Ju Hong asserted after the game.
Last four minutes of game saw Iran not getting any point through raids but it was their defence, which made sure that they do not let the game slip from their hand.
Quarter Time View
We have divided 40 minutes of play time into 4 to look at which quarter belonged to whom.
Iran Raid Analysis
Players Who Spent Time On And Away From The Field
|Best Field Time
||Dong Ju Hong
|Worst Field Time
||Jang Kun Lee
Most Valuable Players Of The Match
|Raider of the Match
|Inspiring Defender of the Match
|Marathon Man on the Mat
|Moment of the Match
*Raider of the Match=Player who scored the maximum raid points,
Inspiring Defender of the Match= Player who scored the maximum tackle points,
Marathon Man on the Mat= Player who has spent the maximum time on the mat.