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Indian men's hockey team suffers fourth consecutive loss against Australia

Apr 12, 2024 08:04 PM IST

After Captain Harmanpreet Singh (12’) netted a goal for India, Jeremy Hayward (19’, 47’) and Jack Welch (54’) scored goals to help Australia secure victory.

The Indian men’s hockey team slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat in the five-match test series against Australia, losing Friday's encounter 1-3 in Perth. After Captain Harmanpreet Singh (12’) netted a goal for India, Jeremy Hayward (19’, 47’) and Jack Welch (54’) scored goals to help Australia secure victory.

India went down 1-3 to Australia
India went down 1-3 to Australia

The Indian team started the match with a strong attacking stance. In the opening minute, Mandeep Singh, left unmarked in the D area, unleashed a powerful shot towards the goal, only to be denied by Australia's goalkeeper, Andrew Charter. The hosts, however, didn't lag in offensive play, earning two consecutive penalty corners which they couldn't convert.

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Despite Australia's pressure, India managed to secure multiple penalty corners themselves. Just before the first quarter ended, Harmanpreet Singh (12’) capitalized on one of these opportunities, firing the ball with precision and power into the net, granting India a 1-0 lead.

With an aim to bounce back in the game, Australia came out all guns blazing in the second quarter and also won two quick penalty corners, and they were able to capitalise on the second one when Jeremy Hayward (19’) expertly placed the ball into the net. The match continued with intense back-and-forth action, yet neither team managed to find the back of the net again in the quarter. As the halftime whistle blew, the score stood at 1-1, setting the stage for an exciting second half.

India kicked off the third quarter with an aggressive approach, earning an early penalty corner which unfortunately didn't translate into a goal. On the other hand, Australia prioritized ball retention and utilized quick passes to navigate past India's defense. Despite India adopting a counter-attacking strategy to keep the pressure on the hosts, neither team managed to break the deadlock in the third quarter. The penultimate quarter concluded with the score tied at 1-1.

The final quarter commenced with Australia asserting dominance, swiftly entering the circle and earning consecutive penalty corners. Jeremy Hayward (47’) once again showcased his prowess by converting one, giving his team the lead. Despite India's efforts, including a near-miss for an equalizer shortly after conceding, they couldn't breach Australia's goalkeeper. Meanwhile, the hosts extended their advantage with Jack Welch (54’) finding the net from a penalty corner, making it 3-1 in Australia's favour. Despite India's late surge, securing three consecutive penalty corners, they couldn't convert any, resulting in a 3-1 victory for Australia as the referee blew the full-time whistle.

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