67th Senior National Kabaddi Championships: Final Schedule, Match Timing and Preview
The final day of the Senior National Kabaddi Championships 2020 will see the finals in the men's and the women's categories being played. The finals will be played on the 6th of March at Jaipur's Poornima University from 3 PM.
The men's final match will be a repeat of the last year's final encounter with the Indian Railways and the Services team up against each other. They both won their respective semifinal matches earlier today to fix a title clash. In the women's division, the team of Himachal Pradesh women's team will be up against the defending champions Indian Railways.
Here is a detailed preview about both the matches:
Indian Railways vs Services (Men's Final) - 04:00 PM
Both Indian Railways and Services have been the talk of the tournament with their star-studded teams and top-notch performances. In the Group matches, they both topped their respective groups by registering wins in all the matches. Indian Railways went past Gujarat and Jharkhand in Group A while Services won against Kerala (Court DIrection), Assam and Punjab in Group B.
In the knockouts as well, both the teams have won their matches with a huge score difference and made a place in the finals. Services would be looking to avenge their loss in the final of last year and win their match against the Railways to lift the trophy this time.
With the return of Vikas Khandola in the team, the raiding unit of the Indian Railways has become stronger. Pawan Sehrawat has the ability to turn the game on his own and Services will have to be aware of that. Parvesh Bhainswal and Dharmaraj Cheralathan, along with Sunil and Ravinder Pahal have been handling the defense of the team quite well and have gotten precious points for their team.
For Services, the young Naveen Kumar has been completely unstoppable. Nitin Tomar has also found his form and has the support of Rohit Kumar for raiding. Nitesh Kumar has been leading the defense with Mahender Singh in the support.
Indian Railways vs Himachal Pradesh (Women's Final) - 04:00 PM
The top two teams from Group A and Group D respectively, the Indian Railways women and Himachal Pradesh women will be playing in the women's finals. Both the teams have been unstoppable till now and have won most of the matches in a one-sided affair.
Himachal Pradesh avenged their last year's semifinal loss against Haryana after defeating them in the semis this year. Himachal women won the match 34-22 to make a place in the finals. Railways easily went past Jharkhand 39-18 to win the first semifinal of the day.
The Payal Chaudhury led Railways team could get strong competition from the Himachal women. Priyanka Negi has been in great form in the tournament along with Nidhi Sharma, Bhavna Devi, Pushpa, Jyoti for the Himachal team. For the Railways, Pooja, Ritu Kumari, Sonali Shingate, Ritu Negi, and Pinki Roy have helped the team score a huge number of points.