The Indian women's kabaddi team has bagged a silver medal after losing to its Iranian counterpart at the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. After their wins at the previous two Asian Games, in 2010 and 2014, the team was looking to secure their third consecutive win. However, the Iranian team came down strong on the Indian side and took the lead from the second half to clinch gold.
At the start of the game, the Indian team took a lead of five points. Payel Chaudhary initiated the Indian score tally with 1-0. Towards the end of the first half, Randeep Kaur gave India two points and the Indian contingent was leading with 13-8. Azadeh in the last few minutes touched down Ritu and Manpreet with the Indian’s unsuccessful raid the final score tally ended with 13-11, says NDTV.
The second half helped the Iranian side push the Indian gold medal dreams far off the court when they led the team with six straight points, 13-17. With Sakshi Kumari tackling and winning two points towards the end, India was at 24-25, says India Today. The final minute of the game and Khalaj Ghazal took Iran in lead with a bonus and ended the game with Iran 27 and India 24. In the last three minutes, Iran ceased the opportunity of India’s chances of winning gold.
The Indian women did lose the finals with silver but they have maintained their presence in the final since the 2010 Asian Games. Interestingly, India had defeated Iran in the finals of women kabaddi at the Asian Game 2014 and bagged gold.