India beat Iran, reach semis
India are a step closer to finishing among the top three of ISTAF SuperSeries India 2013-14 Sepaktakraw competition by beating Iran Indira Gandhi...
New Delhi (IANS): India are a step closer to finishing among the top three of ISTAF SuperSeries India 2013-14 Sepaktakraw competition by beating Iran Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here Saturday. The first regu of Akash Singh, Sandeep Kumar and G. Jiteshor Sharma defeated the Iranians 9-15, 15-11, 17-16, 15-10 to book a semifinal spot against second seeds Malaysia, who defeated Singapore 3-0 to claim their place in the last four.
Despite losing the first set, India showed they meant business when they led from the start of the second set. A series of errors in the third set saw the Iranians take an 11-5 lead until Akash and with his spikes levelled the score (12-12). Both teams traded points until the explosive striker settled the set with a spike to give the Indians a narrow 17-16 win. It was all over for Iran in the fourth as India, cheered by the crowd, led from 2-2 right up to the end.