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India beat Aus 3-2, bag bronze in U-21 Women's Shastri Hockey

india Updated: Nov 12, 2011 16:02 IST

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Striker Anupa Barla scored a two as India twice came back from a goal down to beat Australia 3-2 and finish third in the 22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri under-21 women's hockey tournament in New Delhi on Saturday.

India scored all their goals in the second session after conceding a 0-1 lead to Australia in the opening half. Barla struck in the 42nd and 65th minutes after captain Poonam Rani had found the target in the 37th minute.

Australia scored through Brooke Peris (32nd) and Kate Gilmore (41st).

The opening session was an even affair though Australia got more penalty corners than the home side -- three as against India's two.

Indian goalkeeper Sukmani Virk did an excellent job to deny any success to the Australians from the three penalty corners they got.

Just as it looked like the first half would end barren, Australia surged ahead with Brooke Peris sounding the board with a fine shot.

Egged on by a small home crowd at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, India earned two penalty corners immediately after the Australian goal but both were wasted.

Captain Poonam Rani was the culprit on the first occasion in the 33rd minute while Navjot Kaur failed to find target the next minute.

India, however, fought back in superb fashion in the second session which they dominated throughout with several raids in the opposition circle with the trio of Poonam, Anupa Barla and Navjot Kaur combining well upfront.

The home side equalised from the third penalty corner they got in the match five minutes after resumption with Poonam sounding the board.