India bounce back with big win over Australia

India are back on the winning trail at the Kabaddi World Cup after their shock opening defeat to South Korea, brushing aside Australia 54-20 on Saturday.

The tournament hosts were perhaps a bit complacent going into the match against the Koreans on Friday, but no such accusations could be levelled against them this time, as they made light work of their Aussie opponents in Ahmedabad.

Jasvir Singh and Rahul Chaudhari were the men who paid the price for that opening defeat, with coach Balwant Singh bringing in Pardeep Narwal and Deepak Niwas Hooda in their place.

Australia made the first raid of the match but their captain Campbell Brown was immediately tackled.

They were down to three men within minutes following more strong defence from the home side, and the all out was inflicted shortly after as India raced to a 10-0 lead.

The Australian attackers continued to struggle against a spirited Indian defensive effort, with another all out following as India led 20-2.

It was a similar story after the break, with the Aussies suffering yet another all out before Deepak Hooda took out two players in an impressive raid to hand his side a 37-8 lead.

As the second half wore on, the Indians took their foot off the pedal somewhat, allowing the Australians to start scoring a few more points – though their lead was never threatened.

The Aussies would go on to score the only super raid of the contest, but would end the match without a single tackle point as they went down 54-20.

In other results from Matchday two, Bangladesh thumped England 52-18, while Poland edged Kenya 54-48 in a close contest.

India play Bangladesh next on Tuesday, and will need to win all their remaining matches to advance to the semi-finals.

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