Pak­istan wins Asia Cup Kabaddi ti­tle

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Pak­istan won the 2nd Asia Cup Kab­badi ti­tle in an un­fin­ished thrilling fi­nal by 40-31 as In­dian team for­feited the tie on a tech­ni­cal ob­jec­tion raised by hosts on Mon­day un­der lights be­fore a full house of nearly thirty thou­sand spec­ta­tors.

Speaker Pun­jab Assem­bly Rana Mo­ham­mad Iqbal and In­dian Pun­jab Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Suk­bir Singh Badal were the chief guests on the oc­ca­sion and wit­nessed the ab­sorb­ing tie with keen in­ter­est.

Pak­istan were lead­ing 3631 mid­way through the sec­ond half when In­dian ace at­tacker Suhkvin­der Singh raided the Pak­istani area for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive time , a big tech­ni­cal mis­take as a player can­not go for at­tack for two times in a row. At this point the match of­fi­cials in­ter­vened and tried to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion by lis­ten­ing point of view of both the sides and fi­nally up­held the protest of the home team on which the In­di­ans re­fused to continue the game, for­feit­ing the match when ace of Pak­istani team, Babar Gu­j­jar en­tered the In­dian area for at­tack but no one from the op­po­si­tion made any move and Gu­j­jar re­turned in jubilation tak­ing Pak­istani score to 40-31.

Home side folded the first half 22-16 as Pak­istani play­ers demon­strated greater an­tic­i­pa­tion and agility to defy a strong In­dian chal­lenge amid roar from a packed gath­er­ing. Pak­istan's su­pe­ri­or­ity was ev­i­dent from their lead which was seen at 10-7, 12-7 and the home team ex­panded the lead with col­lec­tive ef­forts and su­pe­rior dis­play of skills on part of ener- getic Pak­istani play­ers.

Skip­per Mushar­raf led from the front and re­ceived equal sup­port from Sa­j­jad Gu­j­jar, Sad­dique Butt, Sa­j­jad, Sai­ful­lah, Shafiq and Obaidul­lah who ex­hib­ited ex­per­tise in at­tacks. Pak­istani play­ers ap­plied force­ful grips on oc­ca­sions to get hold of In­dian play­ers to re­main fo­cus of at­ten­tion.

The sec­ond half was the cli­max of the game as the In­dian side made des­per­ate ef­forts to equal­ize the score and in process got closer to the home side .Pak­istani team main­tained lead at 24-21, 2623, 28-24, 30-25, 32-26, 33-27, 35-27, 35-29 and 35-30.

In­dian teams most out­stand­ing play­ers were Garveet Singh, Balveer Singh, Naqveer Singh, Gourmeet Singh, Garu Lal Singh, Shalveer Singh , Mono­geet Singh, Salvinger Singh , Bil­jeet Singh and Makasih Ku­mar. Ear­lier, in a clas­si­fi­ca­tion match for the third place, Iran thrashed lowly rated Nepal 72-27. Later the In­dian Pun­jab deputy chief min­is­ter and speaker Pun­jab Assem­bly gave away prizes to the play­ers.

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