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India lose 2-5 to Australia in final match of Down Under tour


PERTH: The Indian men's hockey workforce ended its excursion Down Under with a 2-5 loss to World No.2 Australia within the fifth and final fit on Friday.

Trent Mitton (11th and 24th mins), Flynn Ogilvie (3rd), Blake Govers (28th) and Tim Brand (43rd) scored for the hosts while Nilakanta Sharma (12th) and Rupinderpal Singh (53rd) registered their names at the scoresheet for India.


The guests had the outlet likelihood within the fit, but it used to be cleared through Eddie Ockenden, while at the counter Australia compelled Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak to make a super save towards his left aspect as deflected it outdoor for a protracted corner.

The following seconds noticed Australia rating the outlet objective of the fit within the 3rd minute as Ogilvie managed to get the final touch.

The 8th minute noticed Mandeep Singh win a penalty corner for India, but the resulting execution used to be wasted as Nilakanta Sharma could now not trap the ball properly. This supposed Australia broke at the counter however only for Rupinderpal Singh to return back and clear the ball away.

Australia received their first penalty corner within the 10th minute, but the shot used to be blocked through India, and cleared away.

However, the following minute noticed India play out a free ball from the back which used to be lost through Gurinder Singh, and it used to be Australia's Mitton who took merit as he found himself in space at the left flank and fired the ball past Pathak to make it 2-Zero.

However, India were fast to reply as Gursahibjit played a cross into the circle from the left flank, and it used to be Indian midfielder Nilakanta who got the remaining touch to place the ball into the back of the web, and pull a objective back within the 12th minute.

The first couple of minutes of the second quarter were quiet for both the groups, but it used to be India who found the outlet likelihood within the 19th minute when Mandeep Singh's deflection went over the bar.

India maintained ownership in the second quarter and had every other likelihood within the 23rd minute when Vivek Sagar Prasad played a handy guide a rough ball into the circle, however Mandeep could now not accumulate it.

Mitton found himself in a perfect position at the proper aspect of the putting circle as Joshua Simmonds played a perfect cross to him, and Mitton grew to become and fired the ball past PR Sreejesh into the back of the web to make it 3-1 after 24 mins.

In the 29th minute, Gurinder Singh used to be dubiously fined for a push inside the 16-yard line through the umpire, and the resulting penalty corner noticed Blake Govers hearth a shot past Sreejesh's left aspect into the back of the web to make it Four-1 at the half-time.

The 3rd quarter noticed Australia care for ownership however were not in a position to create any opportunities within the opening couple of minutes.

The 40th minute noticed Blake Govers run down the appropriate flank beating a couple of defenders however could now not stay his shot heading in the right direction, while at the different finish, India struggled to stitch passes together.


In the 43rd minute, Armaan Qureshi had a wonderful likelihood to attain India's 2nd objective however Johan Durst made a wonderful save on his left aspect, and it used to be Australia who managed to attain at the counter as Tim Brand driven the ball past Pathak to make it 5-1 with only one quarter to play.


India had to rating heavily within the remaining quarter and so they attempted to create possibilities but the Australian defence made positive that they didn't give them space within the circle.


It used to be most effective within the 53rd minute that India managed to attain their 2nd objective as Rupinderpal transformed a penalty corner as he fired the ball past Durst's left aspect to make it 5-2.


The Indian workforce attempted to create a couple of extra possibilities in the rest mins, however could now not rating.


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