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Maharashtra men down Haryana at kabaddi tournament

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

National champions maintained their unbeaten record in the group stage of the Federation Cup tournament with a 32-24 victory over here today.

Both the teams had already booked their semi-final berths by winning the earlier two encounters and the hosts once again showed their prowess with a domineering performance.

opened Maharashtra's account by catching the raider in the very first raid and after that the hosts did not look back. They registered their first all-out in the 16th minute and took a 20-10 lead at half-time.

did fight back after the break but the strong defensive unit of Mane (6 points), and Viraj Landge ensured that there were no hiccups.

was the star raider for the winners, bagging 11 points from 17 raids, while chipped in with seven points.

In the semi-finals, will take on Karnataka, while Haryana will face Services in what is a repeat of the last four line-up at the senior nationals.

While the men were in rampaging form, women failed to raise the bar and were knocked out in group stage after losing to Indian Railways 47-24.

Having lost to Haryana in their second match, Maharashtra needed a victory over Railways, but their challenge fizzled out in the first half itself when they were all-out twice and trailed 12-26 at half time.

Railways will take on for a spot in the final after the latter rode on Randeep Kaur's all-round performance to beat 34-28.

Kaur earned 18 points for the winners from 23 raids and even accounted for three raiders while defending.

The other semi-final will see Haryana, who hammered 38-13, take on

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 16:45 IST