Ahmedabad: Poland scripted history after thrashing US 75-29 to register their first win of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup at the TransStadia Arena here on Friday.
Poland skipper Michal Spiczko led from the front and scored 16 points. Poland’s victory margin was the biggest by any team in the World Cup so far.
US remained winless and are bottom of Group B whereas Poland are fifth. Neither team have any hope of making it to the semi-finals.
Poland made a swift start and led 7-2 after four minutes but US responded with a super tackle to make it 4-8 in the fifth minute.
The Polish defence was in terrific form as they inflicted an all out in the sixth minute to lead 13-4.
Spiczko scored four points in six minutes for Poland. None of the US raiders scored in the first eight minutes as they struggled to cope with strong Polish defence.
Spiczko got his sixth point in the ninth minute as Poland led 19-6.
Poland inflicted the second all out in the 11th minute to lead 24-6 as they were making little work of an out-of-sorts US side.
US picked up their first raid point in the 12th minute as Troy Bacon opened his team’s account with a two-point raid.
The US defence had scored just two points each in their previous two games but they put in a much-improved performance.
Spiczko, meanwhile, continued to snare raid points and scored his ninth point in the 14th minute.
Dylan Banks came up with a super raid in the same minute as US trailed 12-28.
Poland forced a super tackle in the 16th minute to lead 30-13. Piotr Pamulak scored four quick points in two minutes as Poland led 34-14 after 19 minutes.
US did try to make a fight of it in the first half but Poland inflicted another all out in the last seconds of first half to lead 40-14 at the break.
The second half started with Poland raiders scoring four points in the four minutes to lead 45-14.
US forced two super tackles in the space of 90 seconds as they trailed 18-46 after 26 minutes.
Spiczko scored two more points in 29th minute as Poland inflicted the fourth all out to lead 54-19. Poland were head and shoulders above US as four minutes later they inflicted another all out to lead 63-20.
Poland continued to score points with ease in the last few minutes of the match.
The Polish team inflicted the sixth all out soon after as Spiczko scored two more points to give Poland 73-22 lead.
Poland recorded the maximum points by any team in the 2016 World Cup.
Meanwhile, US would take a lot of heart from their defensive performance as Kevin Caldwell and Ronald Fields scored 11 tackle points combined.
Banks scored four points with a super raid in the dying seconds and ended with eight points for US.
But the Polish side appeared too good for US as the final scoreboard read 75-29.
First Published | 15 October 2016 11:30 AM