Hyderabad: In an exciting thriller, World 7 beat India 7 by 32-33 in an All-Star Kabaddi match, played here at Gachibowli stadium on Saturday.
It was a perfect beginning to VIVO PKL 7 as fans turned out in large number for the free to watch the match. Some of the world's biggest names took to the mat and showed their exceptional stuff of sheer skill.
For the World 7, it was 'Sultan' Fazel Atrachali and South Korean raider Jang Kun Lee who set the tone. For India 7, 'Hi Flyer' Pawan Sehrawat was the star of the show and proved that he is one of the most exciting players in the world as he added another Super 10 to his name.
As the second half started, a different World 7 came to the mat as they displayed some good defensive and offensive performances by Fazal Atrachali and PKL debutant, Nabibaksh. 'Iceman' Ajay Thakur made sure that the World 7's score didn't sneak too close to their score with consistent raid points.
Jang Kun Lee got the danger man, Ajay Thakur and Girish Ernak in the 25th minute Do-Or-Die raid for World 7 as they shifted the score to 23-19. Pawan Sehrawat got a Super 10 in the 31st minute when he slipped out of the hold of the Abozar Mighani. Ravinder Pahal made a Super Tackle on Mohammad Nabibaksh with a waist hold in the 37th minute to take the score to 29-26.
In the last 3 minutes, the game took a turn. The 39th minute All Out by Mohammad Nabibaksh saw him get Girish Ernak and Nitesh Kumar out and also take the lead in the dying moments of the match to make it 30-32. The match ended with World 7 winning against India 7 by 32-33.
VIVO PKL will begin at the same stadium on 20th July with the first match between Telugu Titans and U Mumba.
The live coverage will begin at 1900 hrs on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Marathi and Hotstar.(UNI)