Vancouver Lions edge out Punjab Thunder to qualify for semi-finals in Wave World Kabaddi League
– The four semi-finalists for Wave WKL spotted
– Khalsa Warriors, United Singhs, California Eagles and Vancouver Lions enter semis
– Khalsa Warriors win 17 of 21 matches
– Vancouver Lions edge out Punjab Thunder in crucial match
– Punjab Thunder finish fifth and narrowly miss out on last four
– Sonalika Power Raid of the day: Kushdeep Singh of Punjab Thunder
Ludhiana, November 16: A brilliant showing in the crucial final session by Vancouver Lions, saw the North American giants cruise ahead of Punjab Thunder to grab the fourth and final semi-final spot in the inaugural Wave World Kabaddi league on Sunday.
Later In the second match of the day, League toppers, Khalsa Warriors seem to be coming back to their full form as they outplayed California Eagles 78-52 to complete their Wave WKL engagements.
The match also completed the line-up for the semi-finals, as Vancouver Lions joined Khalsa Warriors (35 points, United Singhs and California Eagles in the last four stage.
With both teams locked at 20 points each, it was a do-or-die battle for Vancouver and Punjab Thunder. After a subdued start Vancouver Lions moved ahead 20-12 in the first session. Punjab Thunder narrowed the lead in second session to 29-33 and Vancouver maintained that edge in third session at 47-41. As Punjab Thunder ran out of steam Vancouver Lions pounced on them with a brilliant final quarter and beat them 63-57.
The final set of League matches marked the end of the three-month long League stage and set up the stage for the semi-finals to be played on November 19 and the final on November 22.