Indian women's kabaddi team. Photograph:( PTI )
Indian women's kabaddi team got outclassed by Iran in women's kabaddi final clash and settled for the silver medal on Friday at 2018 Asian Games.
The two-time defending champions were shocked 24-27 in a thrilling final.
In the first half, Payel and Sonali were effective with their raids while the defenders also contributed well as the Indians raced to a 7-3 lead.
The most dangerous looking Iranian was Azadeh Saidisiahbidi but she was forced out after a successful tackle.
Iran, however, continued their dominance and maintained their lead till the end.
In the concluding minutes, Sakshi Kumari earned two points with a successful raid to make it 24-25 but Iranians held their nerves to prevail.
The Iranian women emulated thus their male counterparts, who had shocked seven-time champions India in the semifinals yesterday.
India's sports minister took to Twitter to congratulate team India.
Congrats to our women's kabaddi team for bagging a Silver in #AsianGames2018. Good fight and good game. This is our 24th medal overall. #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames @asiangames2018 pic.twitter.com/NwLf3NdkLq— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 24, 2018