Himachal beat Haryana ( 28-27 )
This was a closely contested match with the final point in the last second deciding the fate of the match. Himachal Pradesh were the tournament favourites and lived up to the expectations of going through to the finals. Himachal was leading by three points in the last 3 minutes but Haryana crawled back levelling the score to 27 all.
Prachi and Antim were the star raiders from Haryana bringing them back into the contest. Pooja from Himachal Pradesh calm and composed took a bonus in the final raid winning the encounter. The women’s game consists of 30 mins with two halves divided into 15 mins each.
Maharashtra beat Tamil Nadu ( 45-25 )
The first semifinal ls were a one-sided affair with Maharashtra comfortably beating Tamil Nadu. Maharashtra was high on confidence topping the table in the group stages. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu won 2 games of which one was a walkover by Rajasthan.
So it will be Maharashtra who will take on Himachal Pradesh in the finals. Remember Maharashtra had defeated Himachal in the first group game and is the only undefeated team at the National Games in Kabaddi.
Uttar Pradesh beat Services ( 43-27 )
Uttar Pradesh beat the much fancied services team who had the best raiders from the PKL Naveen Kumar and Arjun Deshwal. Both couldn’t do much in the second half after an even stevens in the first half. Surjeeth Singh the captain also looked off colour along with Sandeep Kandola in the right corner.
The game started on a positive note for Services leading for almost 18 mins in the 1st half. Uttar Pradesh after leading for initial few minutes couldn’t hold on to the star raiders Naveen and Arjun. But in the latter stages of the half Rahul Chaudhary crawled back after several failed tackles going on to inflict an all-out on services and leading by 1 point at the end of first half.
Uttar Pradesh dominated the entire 2nd half allowing Services to score only 9 points. The right corner in specific was terrific not allowing the likes of Manjeeth and naveen to take points easily. Rahul Choudhary could be seen slowly coming back to his best scoring close to super 10 and getting good support from Nitin
Maharashtra beat Haryana ( 39-35 )
The inefficiency of star players from Haryana hurt them badly even though they had few youngsters like Guman Singh and Meetu.
In the 1st half Maharashtra were on top of the game since the beginning. Neither Pardeep Narwal nor Meetu were allowed to take points with both sitting on the bench for majority of the half. Aslam Inamdar and Pankaj Mohite complemented each other well and with the help of defence. Sandeep Narwal and Surender Nada one of the best defenders in Pro Kabaddi League history couldn’t do much.
Haryana fought well in the 2nd half inflicting an all out once but couldn’t Maharashtra stood firm with their lead they had taken in the first half. The coach of Haryana substituted Pardeep Narwal and Surendar Nada for major portion but their absence did not affect Haryana much.
The men’s Kabaddi finals at National Games will now be between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh on October 1.