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Kabaddi WC: Iran edge past Japan to go top of table

ANI  |  Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India] 

survived an early scare as they edged past 38-34 to record their fourth successive win of the ongoing World Cup at the iconic stadium 'The Arena by TransStadia' last evening here.

began brightly and led 6-1 after six minutes as struggled to get a foothold in the game. Iran, one of the favourites for the tournament, looked in brilliant form as they barely gave an inch in the game. Kazuohiro Takano scored Japan'second point as they trailed 2-12 in the ninth minute. Meraj Sheykh scored four points in the first half for dominated the first half and led 19-9 at the break.

began the second half in the same dominating style as Meraj Sheykh's raid culminated into an all out with leading 26-9 after 23 minutes. put up a strong fight in the second half and matched for the last 20 minutes. forced another all out in the 33rd minute to lead 35-18.

mounted a strong comeback in the last seven minute as they scored 10 points in a row to trail 28-35 in 37th minute.

Masayuki Shimokawa scored eight points for but it was a valiant effort to make a comeback for his team. showed their experience and held their nerve to fight back against Japan's late show. ran out eventual winners as they beat 38-34.

are now top of Group B with 20 points from four games whereas are second with 10 points from three games.

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First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 09:04 IST
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