Wed Feb 22, 2017 02:47PM
This picture shows the Iranian women’s national rollball team (in red) and the Kenyan squad before the start of a Rollball World Cup semi-final match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on February 22, 2017.
This picture shows the Iranian women’s national rollball team (in red) and the Kenyan squad before the start of a Rollball World Cup semi-final match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on February 22, 2017.

The Iranian women’s national rollball team has proudly marched into the final showdown of the fourth edition of Rollball World Cup in Bangladesh after wrecking reigning champion Kenya’s hopes in the prestigious tournament.

On Wednesday morning, the Iranian outfit notched up a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Court 3 of Mirpur Indoor Stadium in the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka, amid stiff resistance from the East African side to defend its championship title.

 The Kenyans got off to a strong start, and could open the scoring early into the match. The Iranian sportswomen went forward after the goal. They mounted a string of attacks and placed Kenya’s goal under pressure. Their efforts finally bore fruit and the Persians drew level with the Kenyans.

After that, the Kenyan rollball team did their utmost and doubled the scoreboard.

The Iranian side, however, was resolute not to let the opposite team fulfill its dream of featuring in the title clash.

In the dying moments of the match, Iranians grasped a marvelous opportunity and scored the winner.

The Iranian women’s national rollball team will play the final against India, who won through an emphatic victory against Senegal in the other semi-final 8-3.

Additionally, the Iranian men’s national rollball team clinched a thrilling 11-3 semifinal win against Bangladesh at Court 3 of Mirpur Indoor Stadium. Now, Iran will play against India in the final later on Wednesday.

The fourth edition of RollBall World Cup started in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on February 17, and will conclude on February 23, 2017.

Rollball is played on skates and between two teams of 12 players. Only six players out of the 12 are allowed to play on court at a time. A player can hold the ball in one hand or both hands, but must dribble the ball while carrying it.

The game was created by Indian sports teacher Raju Dabhade in Pune, India. Dabhade is now the secretary of the International Rollball Federation.