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Iran downs a fighting India

S. Sabanayakan

— PHOTO: AFP

India's blockers, especially Sube Singh, were ineffective against Iran.

KOLKATA: India went down fighting to Iran by three sets to one in the second group league match of the third Asian volleyball championship (central zone) at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

Pakistan, which lost to Kazakhstan in straight games, was almost out of the tournament, but India's loss gave it a lifeline to bid for a place in the final.

In the final league matches on Sunday, Kazakhstan will play Iran followed by the India-Pakistan encounter.

Iran, with four points was leading the table followed by India and Kazakhstan with three points apiece. Pakistan is at the bottom with two points. A win will earn a team two points, and a loss one point.

Uninspiring

Iran's quality of play and its fast attacking style totally upset India. The loss of the first game, as admitted by India coach Desh Raj, spoiled India's rhythm so much that the team's overall play suffered.

India's blocking continued to be pathetic and back court defence was most uninspiring, putting a lot of pressure on the attackers. Up front, the two tall blockers, Sube Singh and G. Pradeep, especially the former, looked totally out of place.

Team's setter M. Ukkrapandian, who does all the imaginative settings, was not at his best, making the job of the attackers that more difficult.

Unstoppable

Iran excelled with their two senior players, Nourmohammadi Vali and Javad Mohammadenejadi making every spike count. The two along with Ahmad Babaei and Majtaba Shaban were almost unstoppable at the net, both in smashing and blocking.

It was indeed a fine all round show by the Iranians who can consider themselves as a favourite for the title.

Superior

Pakistan did not know what hit it when the Kazakhs ran away with the first game at 11. But the team fought back and ran close in the next two games to lose narrowly at 22 and 23.

A sudden power failure during the second game forced a 37-minute delay in this contest.

The results:

Group league: Kazakhstan bt Pakistan 25-11, 25-22, 25-23; Iran bt India 25-16, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23 .

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