SRI LANKA, IRAQ AND SAUDI ARABIA CONTINUE UNBEATEN STREAK AT AVC MEN’S CHALLENGE CUP
Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 16, 2018 – Hosts Sri Lanka made it two in a row at the 1st AVC Men’s Challenge Cup after thrashing Malaysia in straight sets 25-16 25-18 25-23 at the Sugathadara Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
Deepthi Romesh R Hehathipurage remained the star of the host side, which outclassed Hong Kong China in straight sets on Saturday, as he chipped in with 17 points from 14 attacks, 1 block and 2 aces, while Jian Qin Sim led Malaysia with 14 points.
Iraq also won two matches in succession. Fresh from narrowly beating Bangladesh 3-2 the previous day, the Iraqi side faced no issues in shutting out unfancied Mongolia in straight sets 25-14 25-20 25-19. Saudi Arabia repeated the similar feat as they demolished Hong Kong China 3-1 (25-18 22-25 25-22 25-15) for their second win in the inaugural competition.
Bangladesh, which suffered their first loss at the hands of Iraq, survived their fortunes by brushing off the United Arab Emirates in comfortable three-setter 25-22 25-16 25-18.
After two days of the pool round-robin preliminaries, Sri Lanka became the only team which have yet lost a set to their rivals. The host team bagged 6 points to capture the pole position in Pool A, followed by Saudi Arabia (6), Hong Kong China and Malaysia.
Pool B was dominated by Iraq with 5 points from two straight wins, followed by Bangladesh (4), the UAE and Mongolia respectively.
On Monday, the final day of the pool round-robin preliminaries, Iraq will take on the UAE, Bangladesh will play Mongolia, Malaysia will face Hong Kong China and Saudi Arabia challenge Sri Lanka.
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