JAKARTA, Aug 24: Iran hurt India�s pride in kabaddi yet again as it delivered a second straight knockout punch to the sport�s most successful nation in the women�s gold medal match of the 18th Asian Games here today.
The two-time defending champions were shocked 24-27 in a thrilling final as the firm favourites settled for silver.
India�s raiders disappointed in the title clash as Iran came from behind to jolt them in the second half.
The Iranian women emulated thus their male counterparts, who had shocked seven-time champions India in the semifinals yesterday.
Payel and Sonali were effective with their raids while the defenders also handled the tackles 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.
Randeep Kaur went for a raid after Iran�s two-point raid but she was unsuccessful as Iran gradually reduced the deficit to 6-7. � PTI