Monu Goyat and Rishank Devadiga scored Super 10s in their first game taking the mat in Indian threads, and took India to a 48-19 win against Kenya in their second game of Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 at the Al Wasl Sports Club, Dubai on Saturday. India consolidated their position at the top of Group A with this big win.
The Indians gave nothing away at the start of the game, capturing the first five points with ease. Kenyan captain and Jaipur Pink Panthers’ new all-rounder David Mosambayi tried to make early inroads but to no avail.
Chrispine Otieno opened the account for Kenya with a touch point which inspired the Kenyan defence. They Super Tackled the most expensive player in the recent VIVO Pro Kabaddi auction, Monu Goyat, to reach 3-6.
The Indian defenders took their game up a few notches though and Kenya eventually succumbed to a 7th minute All Out.
It was a game of defence from there as the Kenyans quickly sent back three Indian raiders to bring them down to four men on the mat. But the Indian tacklers were equal to the task and they helped inflict another All Out on the Kenyans to take a big 24-9 lead.
At the half time whistle the score favoured India, 27-9.
Both teams relied heavily on their defence in the second half as well and the game got off to a slow start. The dead lock was broken by a Monu Goyat Super Raid, giving India 4 points in the process.
The third Kenyan All Out in the 9th minute helped India open up a 25 point lead at 37-12.
Rishank Devadiga, a member of the recent kabaddi Crore Club, raided with finesse and reached his Super 10 in the second half. He was followed to the milestone by Monu Goyat in India’s closing raid. India won the game comfortably in the end, with a 48-19 score line.
Embuga George was the form raider for Kenya as he troubled the Indian defenders and narrowly missed a Super 10.
India will now play Pakistan again on Monday, 25th of June at 9 pm IST, in a battle where Pakistan will try to exact revenge. Kenya will play Pakistan on Sunday, 24th of June as both teams will fight to get points on the board.