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India fought off a tough challenge from Iran to win their third successive Kabaddi World Cup here on Saturday. In perhaps the most exciting match of this World Cup, the Indians overturned a first-half deficit with a superb second-half performance to win 38-29.
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India have thus won all the three Kabaddi World Cups held so far. They have beaten Iran in the finals of all the three editions. The experienced Ajay Thakur played a crucial role in India's win with his raiding prowess.
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Thakur scored his third successive a point in another raid before the Indians inflicted an all out on their opponents to take the lead for the first time in the contest at 24-21. Thakur continued his exploits in raiding as the Indians gradually bolstered their lead.
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They started to become a tad too rough with their tackles which earned them a mild reprimand from the referee. Pardeep fetched a couple of points with his raid to give India a comfortable seven-point cushion.
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The Indians soon inflicted the second all out on the Iranians to further increase their lead and virtually assure themselves of victory.