Dhaka – Defending champions Bangladesh reached the final of the six-nation Bangabandhu Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone International Volleyball Championship eliminating Kyrgyzstan by 3-2 sets in the keenly contested 2nd semifinal at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.Hosts Bangladesh made a frustrating start in the match losing the first set to Kyrgyzstan by 15-25 points, but they leveled the margin defeating their opponent by 25-20 points while Bangladesh took lead for the first time beating their rivals by 25-19 points in the third set.
However, Kyrgyzstan neutralised the margin beating the hosts by 13-25 points in the 4th set but Bangladesh snatched the victory beating their opponent by 15-13 points in the final set.
Earlier, Turkmenistan smartly booked a seat for the title-deciding final outplaying Himalayan nation Nepal by straight 3-0 sets in the first semifinal in the afternoon.
Bangladesh Television and Gazi TV will telecast the final live.Hosts Bangladesh will play top ranked Turkmenistan in the final on Friday at 3 pm at the same venue while two losing semifinalists will play the 3rd place-deciding match on the same day at the same venue at 10 am.
Turkmenistan reached the semifinal as Group B champions with an all-win record while Kyrgyzstan managed a semifinal berth as Group runners-up beating Uzbekistan by 25-18, 24-26, 19-25, 25-18, 25-13 points in the last group match on Tuesday.
Earlier on Monday, hosts Bangladesh emerged Group A champions to reach the semifinals of the tournament, also with all-win record beating the Maldives by straight 3-0 sets in their last group match after beating Nepal by 3-1 sets in the opening match on Saturday. UNB