LONDON: India’s defence held its ground against Great Britain as they clinched a 2-1 victory in the 36th Champions Trophy here on Saturday, putting them at the top of the league standings with four points.
Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh stood his ground against a number of shots at the goal, four of them on penalty corners, as India made use of a breakaway opportunity created by right winger SV Sunil and their defenders covered the angles well to emerge victorious.
Playing deep inside their own territory in the first quarter against early British raids, India scored through Mandeep Singh on their first raid by Sunil in the 17th minute.
Harmanpreet Singh then converted a penalty stoke in the 33rd minute, while Britain pulled one back through a penalty corner conversion by Ashley Jackson in the 35th minute.
Allowing Olympic champions Germany to come back to draw 3-3 yesterday, India now have four points from two matches.
Britain have just one point from a draw in their opening match. Earlier, Olympic champions Germany rallied from a two-goal deficit to secure a 4-4 draw with Belgium, which was disrupted by heavy showers that left the field water-logged.