India register a comprehensive 48-19 win over Kenya
World champions India produced a solid all-round display as they comprehensively beat Kenya 48-19 at the Kabaddi Masters in Dubai. Rishank Devadiga was the leading raider for India as he scored 15 points. Monu Goyat also contributed with 10 points to help India register their second straight win. Kenya put up a decent fight but never had any chance against the might of India. India are now top of group A with 10 points from two games.
India got off to a strong start as they led 3-0 after three minutes with Ajay Thakur and Monu Goyat scored raid points. Kenya opened their account with a raid point in the fourth minute to trail 1-5. Kenya forced a super tackle in the fifth minute and sent Monu Goyat to the bench. Rishank Devadiga scored a raid point in the 7th minute as India led 9-3. India inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 12-3 after seven minutes.
David Mosambayi scored with a raid in the eighth minute as Kenya trailed 4-12. Kenya showed some fight after the all-out as they trailed 8-15 after 13 minutes. Monu Goyat scored with a two-point raid in the 17th minute as India led 20-9. Another all out was inflicted by India in the 18th minute as they led 24-9. It was a controlled performance by India in the first half as they went into the break leading 27-9.
It was a slow start to the second half as both teams could score just five combined points. Mosambayi got another raid point for Kenya in the 26th minute as the trailed 12-30. Monu Goyat came up with a moment of individual brilliance and scored with a four point raid in the 28th minute to give India 34-12 lead. India inflicted the third all out of the match to lead 37-12 with just over 10 minutes remaining.
India asserted their supremacy in the match as they scored 12 straight points to open a commanding 30-point lead. Kenya then scored much-needed points with a successful raid and tackle but still trailed 15-44 after 36 minutes. Rishank Devadiga produced a super raid in the 38th minute to give India 47-15 lead. In the last minute Kenya scored with a two-point raid but came up short against a much superior Indian side.