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Indian men’s team beat Kuwait 3-0 in Asian championship 

Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Chiba (Japan), Sep 16 (MNN) Indian men’s volleyball team beat Kuwait 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20) in the Asian volleyball championship 2021 at the Funabashi Arena on Thursday.

India had earlier lost to Bahrain, Qatar and nine-time champions Japan to finish bottom of Group A.
With only the top-two from each group progressing to the last eight, India are now fighting for the best-possible finish within the ninth to 16th positions at the biennial competition.

The Indian volleyball team has been clubbed in Group G – with Kuwait, Uzbekistan and Bahrain – in the classification round.

It was a dominant performance by India against Kuwait.

India’s Mahesh Ashwin Raj led the way with 11 points in the match – the highest in the team – followed by Shubham Chaudhary (10 points) and captain Karthik Ashok (nine).

Kuwait’s Anbar Rashed Saleh scored a match-high 18 points but did not receive enough support from his teammates as Kuwait fell in straight sets of identical scores.

Courtesy the win, India rose to world No. 82 from 108 in the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) men’s rankings. Kuwait were ranked world No. 135 after the loss.

India will next play Uzbekistan on Friday. If India finish in the top-two in Group G, they will compete for places between nine and 12 and if they finish below that, will vie for the 13th to 16th positions.

The Indian volleyball team has a best finish of fourth at the Asian championships, which came in 2005.

India, who finished eighth in the last edition in 2019, have played in all but three of the editions since the competition began in 1975.

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