India defeated archrivals Pakistan 48-39 to clinch their fourth World Cup Kabaddi title at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Saturday.
In the final, played in front of a packed stadium, Pakistan put up stiff resistance before bowing down. Twice India took the lead, only to see Pakistan bring the match to an even keel. From neck and neck to be tied at nine points each, India finally managed to gain a slight edge over their opponents finishing the first half at 22-19.
In the second half, Pakistan again brought it to 25-25, but the Indian men managed to assert their home advantage increasing the lead to 35-30.
From there on, Pakistan had no option but to chase the game. In the end, their efforts fell short.
The Indian team was led by Sukhbir Sarawan, while the Pakistan team was led by Babbar Gujjar.
Balbir Dulla with 16 points for the winners was the star player. Lovepreet and Gurmeet scored six points each, while Balbir Pala scored seven. Dulla and Pala of India were adjudged best raider and stopper, respectively. Earlier, India had defeated the USA, Spain, Kenya and Argentina in the league matches, while in the semifinals the hosts outclassed England.
Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Shaif was the chief guest. Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal were also present at the closing ceremony. An Indian stopper pins down a Pakistan raider during the final match of World Cup Kabaddi in Ludhiana on Saturday.