India vs Australia Highlights, FIH Pro League 2020: Australia hold off India onslaught in last quarter to win 4-3

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India vs Australia Highlights, FIH Pro League 2020: Australia hold off India onslaught in last quarter to win 4-3
  • 21:03 (IST)

    That's all we have for you today from the hockey pitch. Join us tomorrow for the second match in this home leg for India against Australia. Need plenty of changes and maybe more urgency than they showed today. Until tomorrow evening, goodbye!

  • 21:00 (IST)

    Fantastic performance by Raj Kumar Pal

  • 20:58 (IST)

    Tough to beat Australia - for India and at the Kalinga Stadium

  • 20:47 (IST)

    India captain Manpreet Singh: "Disappointed with how we started today. We didn't create many chances in the three quarters. Tomorrow we need to improve on that."

  • 20:46 (IST)

    Player of the match Lachlan Sharp: "Disappointed to let India back from 4-1 up. It wasn't what we wanted but the defence held on."

    "We have a squad of 27 who can step up and play their role. Love the support of Indian crowd and of the Kalinga Stadium."

  • 20:45 (IST)

    Match stats

  • 20:43 (IST)

    HOOTER!

    The hooter goes off and Australia somehow, somehow hold on to win 4-3. They were leading 4-1 at the close of third quarter but goals from Raj Kumar Pal and Rupinder Pal Singh in the final quarter reduced deficit. Chances thereafter to equalise too for India but none were converted

  • 20:41 (IST)

    PC for India

    With 35 seconds to go, India have a chance to level things up. Rupinder Pal Singh is the one who takes the shot and this one is wide of the target. It goes wide of the past and seen off by the defender on the line. 

  • 20:39 (IST)

    India denied

    Australia with a crucial, crucial last ditch tackle to deny what would have been a glorious chance for India to equalise. Bit of afters but referee calms things down. India pull Sreejesh out with minute and a half to go

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Chance for Australia

    Sreejesh stands tall for India and denies Australia who had the space and time to make it beyond doubt. Jacob Anderson denied first and then a scramble of sorts with Lovett comes to nothing. India survive and keep things going for the remainder of five minutes

Bhubaneswar: Hosts India would look to continue their fine form when they take on title holders Australia in their next FIH Pro League tie on Friday.

India have made an excellent start to their maiden FIH Hockey Pro League season and are currently sitting third in the table with eight points from four games.

The Manpreet Singh-led side claimed five points from a possible six against the Netherlands before claiming another three in a stunning 2-1 victory over Belgium, the reigning World and European champions. The Red Lions bounced back with a 3-2 win in the second match.

Few would dispute that India, coached by former Australian international Graham Reid and captained by newly crowned FIH Men's Player of the Year Manpreet, are playing their best hockey in recent years.

It would also be India's penultimate home tie at the Kalinga Stadium before they embark on a series of away games. But past records and statistics don't look promising for the hosts as Australia have an outstanding recent record against India.

The world no.2 Kookaburras have won 22 of their last 30 meetings against world no.4 India and have not faced a defeat since a 2016 Test match in Bendigo, Australia, when VR Raghunath scored twice in a 3-2 win.

Australia, managed by Colin Batch, who was recently named 2019 Men's FIH Coach of the Year, also have an imperious record at the Kalinga Stadium, a venue where they have not suffered a defeat in regular time since a semi-final loss at the hands of Germany at the Hero Champions Trophy in 2014.

The Australians were unbeaten in all six matches on the way to claiming the title at the 2017 Hockey World League Final, and won five of their six matches at the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2018, with only the Netherlands getting the better of them in a semi-final shoot-out after the regular time finished 2-2.

The Kookaburras will be in a confident mood coming into the tie after their recent performances against Great Britain in the FIH Pro League, where they claimed five points out of six.

Australia recovered from a difficult opening weekend against Belgium in which they earned just one point from their two matches. They are currently placed at the fifth spot with six points from four games.

The first match of the two-leg tie will be held on Friday with the return leg scheduled on Saturday.

 

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