Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], Oct.19 :Kenya kept their semi-final hopes alive as they thrashed USA 74-19 in their last Group B match of the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup here at the TransStadia Arena here last evening.
Three Kenyan defenders achieved a high five whereas captain David Mosambayi scored 12 points to in Kenya's dominant performance.
USA defence scored just five points and made too many errors, as they remained winless in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.
USA led 2-1 after two minutes as they scored a raid and tackle point whereas David Mosambayi got a tackle point for Kenya.
David Obilo scored two tackle points while Mosambayi got two raid points as Kenya led 5-4 after five minutes.
Kenya inflicted the first all out of the match in the seventh minute to lead 10-4. Kenya scored five more points in three minutes to lead 15-4 after 10 minutes. David Mosambayi scored with a two-point raid as Kenya inflicted the second all out to lead 20-4 in the 12th minute.
Ben Marcelus scored two points in the 13th minute as the USA trailed 6-21. Phelix Ospina scored with a super raid in the 15th minute as Kenya led 26-6. USA suffered the third all out of the match in the 16th minute as Kenya led 31-7. Kenya were on a fantastic run and scored 27 of the 30 points scored in 16 minutes. David Mosambayi attained a super 10 and contributed 10 points whereas Ospina scored seven in the first half as Kenya led 38-8 at the break.
Kenya began the second half with a bang and inflicted the fourth all out of the match in 22nd minute to lead 42-8.
Kenya continued to score easy raid points as they led 48-10 after 25 minutes. A minute later USA suffered another all out as they trailed 10-52. There were far too many defensive errors by the USA and Kenya capitalized on them. Kenya led 56-12 after 30 minutes as they handled Kenyan raiders with a lot of ease. Dillyon Banks came up with a super raid in the 33rd minute as USA trailed 17-59. Kenya forced two super tacklesin quick succession to lead 64-18 after 35 minutes. Kenya wrapped up the match in style as they forced another all out in the last minute to win 74-19. Kenya are second in Group B but their fate rests in Japan's hands who play Thailand tomorrow. If Japan beat Thailand then Kenya will go through to the semi finals where they will face Iran. If Thailand wins then they will make it to the semi finals. For USA, the World Cup was a good learning experience and they go back home without any points but valuable lessons in Kabaddi.