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IND vs AUS Hockey | Indian hockey team beat Australia after 13 matches, won 4-3

Indian hockey team beat Australia after 13 matches, won 4-3

Adelaide: The Indian men’s hockey team stunned world number one Australia 4-3 in the third Test of the five-match series here on Wednesday. This is the Indian team’s first win against Australia after 13 matches. India, who failed to register a win in both the opening matches, managed to keep the series alive with this unexpected success. After this win, India is trailing 1-2 in the series. The visiting team had lost 4-5 and 4-7 in the first two Tests.

Captain Harmanpreet Singh (12th minute), Abhishek (47th minute), Shamsher Singh (57th minute) and Akashdeep Singh (60th minute) scored for the team. Jack Welch (25th), captain Eran Zalewski (32nd) and Nathan Efraims (59th) scored for Australia. The fourth match of the series will be played on Saturday and the last match on Sunday. In this match, both the teams started patiently and instead of counter-attacking tried to avoid giving chances to the opposition team.

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Although Australia created the first chance of the match in the seventh minute, their players could not overcome the alertness of goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak after tricking the Indian defence. Five minutes later, the Indian captain took the lead from a penalty corner by focusing on ‘placement’ instead of using power and rounded Australia goalkeeper Johan Durst to the right.

Soon after, youngster Sukhjit Singh showed his skills brilliantly but his effort could not be converted into a goal. In the second half of the match, India’s experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh failed two more attempts on goal in the 20th minute. He made a fine save on a field shot to deny Australia a penalty corner a minute later. Australia equalized in the 25th minute when Welch scored his third goal of the series.

Sreejesh lofted Jerry Hayward’s drag-flick at the penalty corner but Welch converted the rebound. After the interval the home team began to press harder to take the lead and earned two penalty corners in the space of two minutes. Sreejesh was successful in stopping one while skipper Zalewski scored on Tim Howard’s shot to put Australia ahead 2-1.

In the last quarter of the match, Abhishek put Harmanpreet’s flick past the goal post to make it 2-2. India then got a penalty corner in the 52nd minute but the team failed to capitalize on it. Rajkumar Pal’s shot then went wide of the circle. The Indian team played better in this quarter and the team managed to earn another penalty corner. After Jugraj’s attempt failed, Shamsher controlled the ball and scored.

Australia equalized through Eframs’ goal in the last minute of the match but 54 seconds before the final hooter, India were awarded a penalty corner which Akashdeep converted from Mandeep Singh’s shot to give the team a memorable win. (agency)

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