The Senior National Kabaddi Championship 2021 went underway in Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar International Stadium, Faizabad on 13th April 2021. A total of 30 state and department teams from India are fighting it out for the championship in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The premier national Kabaddi tournament has always been an eye catchy tournament in the Indian Kabaddi ecosystem where the best of talent are seen action.
Three bizzare events took place on Day 2 of 68th Senior Nationals.
1. A new team from Haryana arrived. Haryana CO (court order) was placed with Services in Pool B. They lost two out of their 3 matches to be sent packing home again.
2. In Pool E matches, Haryana lost to Tripura (17-50). The only probable explanation for the this is that Haryana wanted to play UP in the pre-quarters instead of Chandigarh. In Pool F matches, Bihar lost to J&K (17-31). But such 'strategic' play definitely doesn't do the sport of Kabaddi any good.
All pool matches of 68th Senior Nationals Kabaddi were conducted across Day 2 and morning of Day 3. In Pool A, Railways comfortably won both their matches to book their berth in the pre-quarters (PQs). Kerala is the other team to qualify from this pool. In Pool B, things became more interesting with the introduction of Haryana CO. Haryana won a close match against Andhra CO. Delhi and Services made sure Haryana CO do not qualify to the pre-quarters with massive wins.
Rajasthan captain Deepak Niwas Hooda ensured that his team has no problems with 3 comfortable wins to top Pool C. Home team UP won all their matches in Pool D. However, all was not easy especially in the match against Chandigarh. Abhishek Singh was the star player for UP scoring 11 raid points in 15 raids and 4 tackle points.
In a brilliant result, Karnataka which sent a young team qualify top of Pool G. They will face Delhi in the pre-quarters. Maharashtra comfortably topped Pool H and will face Kerala in the pre-quarters.
Live Scores from Day 2 of 68th Senior National Kabaddi Championship
Pool A (Railways, Kerala qualify):
Railway 33 - 14 Jharkhand
Railway 52 - 20 Kerala
Pool B (Services, Delhi qualify):
Services 53 - 29 Delhi
Haryana C.O. 15 - 55 Services
Andhra Pradesh C.O. 20 - 29 Haryana C.O.
Delhi 50 - 31 Haryana C.O.
Pool C (Rajasthan, HP qualify):
Rajasthan 71 - 28 Vidarbha
Himachal Pradesh 47 - 18 Punjab
Himachal Pradesh 34 - 18 Vidarbha
Rajasthan 49 - 18 Punjab
Pool D (UP, Chandigarh qualify):
Chandigarh 48 - 8 Assam
Uttar Pradesh 52 - 27 Telangana
Uttar Pradesh 41 - 38 Chandigarh
Pool E (Goa, Haryana qualify):
Goa 34 - 33 Madhya Pradesh
Haryana 38 - 33 Madhya Pradesh
Haryana 17 - 50 Tripura
Goa 50 - 13 Tripura
Pool F (Chattisgarh, Bihar qualify):
Bihar 17 - 31 Jammu & Kashmir
Bihar 41 - 34 Chattisgarh
Pondicherry 40 - 27 Jammu & Kashmir
Pondicherry 37 - 41 Chattisgarh
Pool G (Karnataka, TN qualify):
Tamil Nadu 49 - 14 Odisha
Karnataka 33 - 11 Odisha
Tamil Nadu 57 - 16 West Bengal
Karnataka 35 - 9 West Bengal
Pool H (Maharashtra, Uttarakhand qualify):
Uttarakhand 42 - 37 Manipur
Uttarakhand 35 - 34 Gujarat
Maharashtra 51 - 19 Gujarat
Maharashtra 39 - 14 Uttarakhand
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