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India bounce back with a roaring victory over Australia

08 October 2016

All eyes were on India as they were looking to come back from their shock defeat against the Republic of Korea in the opening game of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. And today in their second match, they didn’t give away anything against Australia – ensuring they stayed well ahead of the opposition from start to finish. 

The first half was completely dominated by the home side as the raiders and defenders combined well to demolish the Aussies. India raced to a 3-0 lead in the first two minutes, followed by Pardeep Narwal’s successful raid making it 6-0. An all-out later, the hosts were 10-0 up when Australia skipper Campbell Brown opened their points tally with a bonus point. Yet another all-out was inflicted on the visitors and India soon took a massive 20-2 lead in the contest. Such was the dominance of the men in blue that all the Aussies could score were bonus points in the first half which soon ended at 32-7. Manjeet Chhillar, the stalwart, scored a high five showing once again why he’s one of the world’s best defenders while Australia’s Kuldeep Singh scored three in the first half.

The second half began with a bang with India inflicting a third all-out. For a brief moment, the game seemed to slow down, but the hosts brought back their magic once again. The Aussies occasionally surprised with rare raid points and bonus points but a fourth all-out followed which took India almost beyond their grasp. 

The introduction of Rahul Chaudhari boosted the Indian attack with his six raid points coming in just 11 minutes of play. India’s bench strength further shone as Ajay Thakur scored seven raid points as a substitute. By the 34th minute, India had taken an unassailable 45-14 lead. The match ultimately ended at a thumping 54-20 scoreline in favour of the blue brigade. 

Australia will have to go back to the drawing board ahead of their next match versus England on October 10, while the Anup Kumar-led home team will lock horns with serious contenders Bangladesh on October 11. To check out all the stats from the India vs Australia match, click here to see our Match Centre.