Senior National Kabaddi: Indian Railways put on a strong display against Haryana
Defending champions Indian Railways reached the semifinals of the 67th Senior National Kabaddi Champions and would be up against Rajasthan in the next match. Defeating Haryana in the quarters, the Indian Railways team is just one step away from reaching the finals. They won 44-26 in what was a comeback match for Vikas Khandola.
Pawan Sehrawat started the match for Indian Railways with a two-point raid and continued to do so in the next raid as well. Within two minutes of the match, Railways had inflicted an all-out on Haryana and had taken a considerable 10-1 lead. The gap between the points kept on increasing as Pawan and Vikas Khandola continued their riot of raids. As the first half was about to end, Khandola did a Super Raid and the Haryana team was once again sent on the bench in the very next raid. Railways had a 31-13 lead at half time.
The second half of the match also saw a similar result as Pardeep Narwal was being tackled on a regular basis by the Railways' defense. Ravinder Pahal completed his High 5 in the second half of the match as he tackled Pardeep for the second time in the match. There was very little that the Haryana players could do in front of the raiding department and the defensive force of the Railways. Eventually, the Railways won the match 44-26 to become the first team to seal a place in the semi-finals.
Playing just after an injury to his right elbow, Vikas Khandola was the top scorer for the Railways team as he scored nine rough points and two tackle points. Pawan scored a total of 10 points (8 raid points and 2 tackle points). While Pahal picked up a High 5, Parvesh Bhainswal picked up three tackle points for him. For Haryana, Vishal got a High 5, while Rakesh Narwal and Pardeep scored five points each in a losing cause.