As was expected after South Korea upset India in the opening game of the Kabaddi World Cup here on October 7, Dong Ju Hong’s men went on to top the Group A table, beating England 5617 in their last league engagement on Sunday. Raider Cheol Gyu Shin was in top form for the Koreans, scoring 11 points while Dong Gyu Kim and Gyung Tae Kim scored eight and seven points respectively. Korea rested their key player Jang Kun Lee for a major part of the proceedings.
For England, raider Tope Adewalure, who had enjoyed a free run against weaker opponents like Australia and Argentina, raking up points at will, was kept in check pretty easily by the Koreans and he managed only two points, with none coming in the first half. In fact, England could garner only one raid point in the first 20 minutes. Defender Tejash Dipala scored 10 tackle points of which three were super tacklesKenya stun Japan
In the third match of the evening, Japan and Kenya provided to spectators what the previous two encounters had failed to: A quality contest. And Kenya went on to stun their fancied opponents 4827.
Not once in the match did the African team trail Japan and while things were close in the first half at 18-14, the former ran away with the proceedings in the next 20 minutes.
Thailand beat USA
If the USA were looking for any succour after three successive defeats in Group B, their opponents on Sunday, Thailand were in no mood to relent, thrashing them 69-22. So one-sided was the game to start with that the Khomsan Thongkham led-team had raced to a whopping 41-3 lead at the end of the first half, with the skipper collecting 12 raid points in 20 minutes. He ended with a match-haul of 14 points.