Kuwait: Kuwait handball team beat Iran 22-24 in the first match of Group A of the second round of the 19th Asian tournament hosted by China.

The team has reaped two points following the hard match with the Iranians, first match of which ended with a 10-10 draw.

Bahrain and South Korea are also in the same group. First and second winners qualify to the semi-finals.

The Kuwaiti team is due to play against the Koreans on Saturday and the Bahrainis on Sunday.