Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Australia too good for a listless India

Australia too good for a listless India Australia too good for a listless India
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 16:04

Sultan Azlan Cup is the virtually the last opportunity for Sardar Singh and the youngsters to make an impression on selectors with Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 round the corner.

Australia maintained their unbeaten streak in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament as they beat India 4-2.

Daniel Beale doubled Australia's lead just three minutes later via an unlucky deflection off Sam O'Connor, following a quick counter attack led by Mitton.

A minute later, Nilankanta Sharma fed Ramandeep, who from the top of the circle, beat goalkeeper Andrew Charter with a fierce backhander to reduce the deficit to two.

An uphill task awaits the Indian Hockey Team as they prepare to take on formidable opponents in the shape of Australia on Tuesday.

Tom Craig made a superb pass from the left baseline and Aran Zalewski stunned the Indian defence as he dived forward to connect the ball and push the ball in in the 35th minute.

Ireland almost got an ideal start to proceedings as they enjoyed early phases of possession and a penalty corner but Tyrell Lovell was alert to Shane O'Donoghue's efforts. Australians built on their lead and dominated the proceedings, winning a penalty corner, although it could not be converted. India nearly slipped up in the final minute with Malaysian player taking a shot on an empty net but the ball went on to hit the goalpost.

Australia accumulated 6 PC's and over 20 circle entries according to the stats but the Green Machine kept them at bay for much of the second half.

Thereafter, India pushed hard and got two goals through Ramandeep Singh, one push getting deflected off Jeremy Edwards stick into goal and then a lovely reverse stick strike giving India their 2nd goal as scores were cut to 2-4.

In the other matches of the day, England outplayed Ireland to jump to the fourth spot with four points, while Malaysia upset Olympic champions Argentina 2-1 to jump to the second spot with six points, same as Argentina but ahead due to the win.

They will now face Malaysia next on Wednesday.