India rally to edge past England

India rally to edge past England

Indian goal scorers were Arjun Halappa (35th), Dhananjay Mahadik (41st), Rajpal Singh (43rd) and Gurvinder Chandi (65th min), while England’s marksmen were Ashley Jackson (22nd & 69th) and Jonty Clarke (26th).

India thus levelled the three-match series 1-1 after England had won the first Test.  The home team started aggressively on Friday but met stiff resistance in the Indian defence, particularly from Sardara Singh. Vikram Pillay and Gurbaj Singh joined Sardara in thwarting the initial England forays.

England earned six penalty corners in the first half, but had to wait for the last one to net the opener. Jackson got it spot on with his powerful flick from the set piece beating goalkeeper Adrian D’souza.

The lead could have doubled a minute later but Simon Egerton, teed up by James Tindall, pushed wide.

India went into the offensive but soon fell further into arrears as England scored in the 26th minute. Matt Daly’s shot was well saved by D’souza low to his left but before Bimal Lakra could react Jonty Clark did brilliantly to knock home the loose ball.

India got their first penalty corner in the 35th minute after Chandi was blocked inside the circle. Mahadik’s flick was stopped by custodian James Fair dangerously, resulting in another penalty corner. Arjun Halappa fired a low flick into the bottom right corner to score at the stroke of half time. India returned with renewed vigour in the second half and they turned the game on its head with two goals in quick succession.