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FIH Series Finals: Manpreet hands India 3-1 win over Poland

BHUBANESWAR: Skipper Manpreet Singh led from the entrance with a brace, guiding India to a hard-fought 3-1 win over Poland within the FIH Series Finals hockey match on Friday.

After a barren first quarter, Manpreet scored within the 21st and 26th mins whilst drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh transformed a penalty corner within the 36th minute as India registered their 2nd consecutive win.

Poland's lone purpose was once scored by Mateusz Hulboj within the 25th minute.

World no. five India had been some distance from spectacular, particularly after thrashing international no. 21 Poland 10-0 within the Azlan Shah Cup lower than 3 months ago.

India's chief coach Graham Reid admitted that the hosts had an off day however said Poland are a significantly better workforce that what their rating recommend.

"Poland are much better side than what we think, They are no.2 in the world in indoor hockey. We weren't sharp today," Reid said.

"We created a lot of opportunities but we didn't have our best game. We missed passes and traps. We need to work on our sharpness."

India captain Manpreet too agreed along with his coach.

"We need to work on our basic skills and finishing," he said

The Indians, as standard, had been sluggish off the blocks as Poland were given the first scoring opportunity within the type of a penalty corner in the very first minute however the opportunity went in vain.

The Indians then slowly and continuously were given into the groove however the Polish defended in numbers to disclaim the hosts.

India's first shy on the purpose got here within the 6th minute when Mandeep Singh teamed up with Akashdeep Singh to create a chance however the latter's try was once cleared off the road by Polish goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski.

It took India 20 mins to earn their first penalty corner however Harmanpreet Singh's try was once stored by the Polish custodian.

A minute later, India secured some other penalty corner and this time Manpreet scored from a rebound after Amit Rohidas' initial flick was once blocked by Pacanowski.

Another quick corner got here in India's method two mins later however they wasted the chance whilst going for variation.

Poland surprised India within the 25th minute to attract stage, courtesy a defensive lapse from Hardik Singh, who failed to stop Joseph Hillyer's cross from outdoor the 'D' and were given a deflection which fell in entrance of Hulboj and he made no mistake in slotting the ball home.

But Poland's pleasure was once short-lived as India restored their lead inside of a minute when Manpreet scored his 2nd purpose of the day after a wonderful one-touch play with Simranjeet Singh on the proper flank to go into the breather leading by a narrow margin.

Six mins into the third quarter, India prolonged the lead when Harmanpreet neatly transformed a penalty corner.

The Indians earned some other penalty corner mins later however wasted the chance.

The third quarter was once all about India's misfiring forwardline as regardless of growing numerous scoring alternatives the strikers lacked in completing.

India will subsequent tackle Uzbekistan on Monday, whilst Poland, who defeated the Uzbeks Four-0 of their opener, will face Russia on Sunday.

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