India Men’s Hockey Team’s First Defeat in the Fourth Match of Australia Tour

May 15, 2019

After two consecutive wins and a draw in the previous matches, the fourth match of the Australia tour started with great excitement as well. Both the teams Australia and India seemed ready to give their best shots. Both the teams played well, but India lost the match this time with score IND 0-4 AUS.

Below are the highlights of the match:

Quarter 1 – In the initial minutes, team India got the ball to score a lead, but missed. Aran Zalewski took the next charge and then the next minutes, PC was awarded to India but missed the shot at the goal. Then, a free hit to team Australia for the attack and they seemed aggressive to utilize the opportunity, but rescued by skipper Manpreet Singh. Another shot by team Australia but saved by Surender Kumar. Again a free hit to Australia and a next circle entry but missed. Nilakanta made the next circle entry but again missed. Again a great shot at the goal by team Australia but missed. A PC and a Penalty shot were awarded back to back to team Australia and they did it. Finally a goal by Blake Govers with the score IND 0-1 AUS at the end of the first quarter.

Quarter 2 – Team India seeking out for goal scoring opportunities to equalize the score and team Australia looking out for ways to strengthen their lead. Another PC to Australia and they did it again with a goal by Jeremy Hayward. Another great shot at the goal by Australia team but Vivek Sagar saved it. India got the ball possession and Kothajit makes a beautiful pass in midfield. The second PC was awarded to India to score a lead and the players seemed aggressive but missed. The opposing team got the ball possession again but no further damage. India got another PC and a great shot by Harmanpreet Singh by saved. Another PC was awarded to team Australia, but the score at the end of the first half remained IND 0-2 AUS.

Quarter 3 – In the third quarter as well PC was awarded to team Australia but saved by Vivek Sagar. Both the teams gave great shots but were unable to score a goal and the score remained the same at the end of the third quarter as well at IND 0-2 AUS.

Quarter 4 – In the final quarter, team India holds on to possession showing a great team spirit. A great shot by Rupinder Pal Singh but saved by the Australian goalkeeper. In the last minutes, two back to back goals by Australia thereby making the score IND 0-4 AUS. Team India tried hard and gave great shots as well by missed this time. Better luck next time.

The next match of the series is going to be held on 17th May 2018 at 14:30 hrs IST.

Keep watching this space for the further updates of the matches.

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