Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2018 – Bangladesh delighted the home crowds inside the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium with a terrific comeback against visiting Kyrgyzstan to set up final showdown with Turkmenistan at the 2018 Bangabandhu Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship in Mipur, Dhaka on Wednesday.
Bangladesh got the one-week championship off to a flying start with a dramatic 3-1 win over Nepal and repeated the 3-0 feat over Maldives to capture the Pool A top spot and secure a semi-final berth against Kyrgyzstan. The visitors went down to Turkmenistan 0-3 in their opening Pool B encounter, but recovered to beat Uzbekistan with nail-biting 3-2 win to finish second in the pool, allowing them a chance to contest the semi-finals.
Competing before a large number of cheering home fans at the venue on Wednesday, Bangladesh started sluggishly to suffer the first-set loss to Kyrgyzstan 15-25, but roared back mightily to take the next two sets 25-20 25-14 for an initial 2-1 lead.
However, Kyrgyzstan got the rivals’ supporters under their feet to seize the fourth set 25-14, enforcing tie-break to decide the eventual winners. The decider was a hard-fought thriller as leads changed hands for several times. Nonetheless, Bangladesh proved steadier to win the closely-contested set 15-13, the match and a final berth.
In the Friday’s final showdown, Bangladesh are due to go up against Turkmenistan, which proved too strong for Nepal to beat the less-ranked rivals in a lop-sided semi-final clash 25-14 25-18 25-19.
On Thursday, Uzbekistan will take on Maldives in a match to decide the teams ranked 5th and 6th at the six-team tournament, while the third-place playoff and the final showdown will be held the following day.
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