Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018: Resurgent India Suffer Defeat Against Australia In A Six-Goal Thriller

| March 6 , 2018 , 18:05 IST

Being fourth in a six-team competition, India needed to win the match against Australia to stay in contention. Unfortunately, they were unable to deliver and lost 2-4 to Australia on Tuesday. Sumit Kumar and Ramandeep Singh scored the two goals for India.

Expecting a tough outing, coach Sjoerd Marijne set up an attacking team to make sure his rather inexperienced squad went for the win and didn’t fight for their position.

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The two teams were even in the first quarter, both attacking and dispelling each other simultaneously. A tight game initially saw little chances as India showed a good defensive display.

Even though the first quarter was played at a frantic pace, no goals were on the display. Going into the halftime break, both teams were dead even on the field with little to separate the two.

However, the lucky break did come, and it was Australia who fruited from it. Error from Indian defence as an Australia shot going towards the goal was stopped by the body which resulted in a penalty stroke for Australia. Mark Knowles dutifully converted it, dispatching a powerful shot to the right; Indian goalkeeper Krishnan Pathak dived but was unable to stop it.

India also got a penalty corner shortly after, Varun Kumar’s shot went past the keeper but struck the post. Australia took a 1-0 goal advantage into the second half which saw both teams changing their goalkeepers.

Australia, after surviving consistent pressure from the Indian team mounted a counterattack against the run of play and doubled their advantage through Aran Zalewski.

This goal caused a disrupt in the Indian defence as another defensive mistake saw them concede the third goal struck by Australia’s Daniel Beale. The defence was all over the place as Australia capitalised on this calamity ruthlessly as they scored their fourth goal within minutes.

At the end of the third quarter with scoreline 4-0, ominous signs were there for the Indian contingent if they didn’t get their grips back.

The fourth quarter saw Indian team going all out and securing two goals to their name. They even saw a failed penalty corner conversion, which would’ve brought the real picture of the match with a clearer scoreline. Sadly, for India, this has been a problem for them, and it resulted in another loss in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

India will now meet the host Malaysia on March 7.