NEW DELHI: The Indian men's hockey group verged on securing a memorable compass of world No 1 Australia in the two-Test arrangement in Bendigo, Victoria however the home group, prodded by on Jez Hayward's two splendid objectives in the second half, ripped at back and clutched the preferred standpoint to win 4-3.
India, positioned 6th, were stretched as far as possible by the Kookaburras who did not give their adversaries a chance to excel in the me as apparent by objectives scored in the thirteenth, 23rd, 38th and 51st minutes to finish off an altogether riveting round of hockey.
Having asserted bronze in the former Four Nations Invitational Tournament in Melbourne – in which Australia beat them 3-2 in an alliance coordinate – India's 1-1 arrangement draw with the Kookaburras is an exceptionally respectable outcome for a group missing normal commander and magic goalkeeper PR Sreejesh alongside senior strikers SV Sunil and Ramandeep Singh. In the most recent two weeks, Australia had beaten New Zealand twice to lift the Trans-Tasman Trophy in Auckland and the Four Nations in Melbourne.
A day after youth Affan Yousuf set up a 3-2 win over the hosts, it was the turn of captain VR Raghunath to lead India's push for an uncommon arrangement win. The primary objective went to India right off the bat, with Akashdeep Singh opening one into the back of the net in the 6th moment, yet in the thirteenth Trent Mitton's transformation of a field objective drew the equalizer. Both groups occupied with somewhere in the range of tense hockey, as obvious by consecutive objectives in less than a moment. In the 22nd moment it was Raghunath who put India ahead with a fine punishment corner strike, just for Jake Whetty to make it 2-2 in the 23rd.
At that point in the 25th moment, India ran up 3-2 with a relentless PC by Raghunath. A frantic first half finished with India up 3-2.
However, Hayward recovered the Kookaburras into the diversion with a PC in the 38th moment, and the second from last quarter finished with the scores level 3-3. Hayward struck again in the 51st moment to give Australia the lead interestingly, and the protectors guaranteed the preferred standpoint stayed with the home group.