BATHINDA, NOVEMBER 18: India today made thumping entry into the finals by trouncing Italy 74-15 in the semifinals of pool A held in newly constructed floodlit multipurpose stadium of Bathinda.
In the first semifinal of Pool A the Indian Kabaddi team was in its full form from the very word go and maintained its dominance throughout the match. Indian raiders including Sandeep Dirba scored 11, Gagandeep Khiranwali 10, Captain Sukhbir Singh Sarawan 8 whereas Indian stoppers Ekam Hathoor scored 9, Mangat Singh Mangi 6 and Gurwinder Kahlwan 6 points helped India to prove its supremacy over Italy.
In the Italy team raider Dharminder Singh Bhindi scored 7 points and Baljinder Khiranwali scored 6 points. The single stop of Major Dhandowal to Sukhbir Sarawan was the only saving grace for Italy.
Addressing the audience Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal expressed happiness for the fact that Kabaddi has reached its pinnacle of glory and assured total support of Punjab Government to give impetus to the games in the state.