Hockey: India beat Australia via shoot-out

Hockey: India beat Australia via shoot-out

After that it was all India with the hosts pinning the Kookaburras deep in their own territory but failing to create clear-cut opportunities

Australia drew level soon when an unmarked Zalewski scored from a field effort. (Credit: PTI Photo)

India bounced back in style to beat title holders Australia 3-1 via a shoot-out in the second match of the two-leg FIH Pro League match here on Saturday.

Both the teams were locked 2-2 at the end of regulation time at the Kalinga Stadium.

India converted two penalty corners through Rupinder Pal Singh (25th minute) and Harmanpreet Singh (27th), while Trent Mitton (23rd) and skipper Aran Zalewski (46th) were the scorers for Australia in the regulation 60 minutes.

India had lost 3-4 to the visitors in the first game on Friday. By virtue of this win, India earned three points while Australia pocketed one.

Both India and Australia have 10 points from six games but the Kookaburras are a rung above the Manpreet Singh-led side at third spot in the standings on goal difference.

In the shoot-out, Harmanpreet, Vivek Sagar Prasad and Lalit Upadhyay scored for India, while only Daniel Beale found the net for the visitors.

Australia made a positive start, earning a penalty corner inside the opening 30 seconds of the match, but Jeremy Hayward’s flick was saved by India goalkeeper P R Sreejesh.

In the eighth minute Australia secured back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which was converted by Lachlan Sharp with a rebound, but the goal was ruled out after India called for video referral for obstruction on goalkeeper Sreejesh. Australia won another penalty corner in the 12th minute but Sreejesh once again came to India’s rescue by denying Hayward.

Three minutes into the second quarter, Jarmanpreet Singh missed a good chance to put India ahead, slapping his first-time shot just wide of the left post after he was picked out by Amit Rohidas’ searching cross from the right.

Australia earned their sixth penalty corner soon but failed to convert. Five minutes from half time, Rupinder equalised for the hosts, converting a penalty corner with a low drag-flick that went through the legs of Australia goalkeeper Tyler Lovell.

Two minutes later, Harmanpreet converted another set piece to hand India a 2-1 lead going into the halfway stage.

Australia drew level soon when an unmarked Zalewski scored from a field effort. 

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