Services stayed on course for a fourth straight title in men’s kabaddi, beating Tamil Nadu 45-31 for their second victory in the 36th National Games on Tuesday.
Earlier, in a late-night Group A match on Monday, they had trounced Chandigarh 66-32 to underscore their championship ambitions.
Maharashtra women too posted their second win in Group A, scoring a 46-22 victory over hosts Gujarat to build on the thrilling 32-31 win over National Champions Himachal Pradesh on Monday.
In a gripping contest, Services’ men saw Tamil Nadu fight back from 12-19 down at half-time to 27-30. That is when they upped the ante and cruised to what proved to be a comfortable victory, pleasing coach Narendra Kumar.
“We will miss Navin Kumar who is injured. That is a concern. Other than that, it has been a good journey so far,” he said. “Tamil Nadu played very well, especially in the middle of the second half when they came close to us. But I am happy that we held our nerves and went on to secure a good win.”
Similarly, Maharashtra coach Sanjay was pleased with the effort of his women players. “The girls are playing well. We are almost there in the semifinals. We want to win the last league game…