On the fourth day of the kabaddi event at Asian Games 2022, the action resumed with the remaining four group matches in the men's category in Hangzhou, China.
India secured wins in their remaining two group-stage matches against Chinese Taipei and Japan to complete a clean sweep and stay unbeaten in Asian Games 2022.
In the first clash on the 5th of October, Thailand brought an end to their losing streak by beating Japan with a 45 - 31 margin win.
In the second match of the day, the Indian team started with positive intent and looked to capitalise on every given opportunity. Chinese Taipei tried to get the Indian players in some trouble, however, the kabaddi heavyweights managed to soak the pressure and stay on top. Chinese Taipei earned a Super Raid before the end of the first half. India ended the first half with a 28 - 12 lead over Chinese Taipei.
Chinese Taipei looked to bounce back in the second half and inflicted an All-out against a strong Indian lineup. Arjun Deshwal and Sachin stole the limelight for India with their scoring. Chinese Taipei produced a Super Tackle against Akash Shinde in the dying moments of the match. India eventually took the game away from Chinese Taipei and clinched a 50-27 win to top Group A.
In the third match of the day, Bangladesh went all guns blazing against Thailand and claimed an impressive 45 - 29 win in their last group stage fixture.
In the fourth and final game of the evening, India rested a few of their key players like Pawan Sehrawat and Naveen Kumar who featured in the team’s opening game of the day. India continued to show their dominance with three All-outs even in the absence of their top stars. At the end of the first half, India led by a 35 - 11 scoreline.
In the second half, Aslam Inamdar and Sachin grabbed their opportunity with both hands and did the bulk of the scoring for the Indian team as they kept the scoreboard moving and didn’t miss too many chances to stamp their authority on the contest against Japan. India slowly and steadily kept extending their lead to finish on top of their group after a 56-30 win over Japan that ensured they remained unbeaten ahead of the semi-finals.
Match results for Day 4:
Match 1: Thailand beat Japan 45 - 31
Match 2: India beat Chinese Taipei 50 - 27
Match 3: Bangladesh beat Thailand 45 - 29
Match 4: India beat Japan 56 - 30