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Iran beat Japan to continue winning run at Kabaddi World Cup

IANS  |  Ahmedabad 

notched a tough 38-34 win over to continue their unbeaten run at the World Cup at the TransStadia Arena here on Saturday.

survived a scare against to emerge eventual winners and remain on top of Group B with 20 points from four outings. Japan, on the other hand, are second with 10 points from three games.

On Saturday, began brightly and led 6-1 after six minutes as struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Considered as one of the title favourites, looked in brilliant form as they barely gave an inch in the game. Kazuohiro Takano scored Japan's second point as they trailed 2-12 in the ninth minute.

Meraj Sheykh then added four points to help dominate the first half and go 19-9 up at the break.

began the second half in the same dominating style as 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 before forced another all out in the 33rd minute to lead 35-18.

mounted a strong comeback in the last seven minutes as they scored 10 points in a row to trail 28-35 in the 37th minute. Masayuki Shimokawa scored eight points for in a valiantly attempt to take his team over the line.

In the end, used their experience and held their nerves to fight back against Japan's late show before wrapping up the tie in their favour.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 21:50 IST
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