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Highlights, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018, India vs Australia: Kookaburras remain unbeaten with 4-2 win

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Highlights, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018, India vs Australia: Kookaburras remain unbeaten with 4-2 win

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Mar 06, 2018 - 17:12 (IST)

Australia have beaten India 4-2. 

That's it from the Azlan Shah here in Ipoh. 

Tomorrow India play hosts Malaysia. It should be a cracker of a game. 

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:11 (IST)

India did play well with a bunch of young players. Also they need to look at the cards they are getting. Today they had two greens and a yellow. It does pull the team down when they play with ten.

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:10 (IST)

Australia have virtually moved into the final now. They have nine points with three wins. India are out of a final berth. They have one point with two matches to go - against Ireland and Malaysia. They can think of a bronze medal play off. But two wins will be needed. 

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:08 (IST)

Tough for India. They sustained the pace and held the ball well. But a period in the 3rd quarter let them down. Australia powered in with two goals. But India fought back brilliantly, getting two goals to cut the scores.

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:07 (IST)

We are seconds away now. And that is the end of the match. Australia have won 4-2. 

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:06 (IST)

Two mins left. It will be good to get a goal now. India have worked hard after falling back. 

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:05 (IST)

But India fail to stop the push. PC wasted. 

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:04 (IST)

Nilakanta Sharma pulls in a PC with a lovely move. It's India's 2nd PC in the match. 

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:03 (IST)

India have pulled off the goalkeeper with three minutes left.

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:02 (IST)

Corey Weyer flicks and Karkera pulls off another save.

Preview: Winless so far, India face an uphill task as they take on in-form world champions Australia in a crucial match of the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Tuesday.

After one loss and a draw, India are currently placed fourth in the six-team tournament with just one point.

Australia, on the other hand, are positioned atop the table with two wins from as many games.

Highlights Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 India vs Australia Kookaburras remain unbeaten with 42 win

File image of India in action at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018. Image credit: Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia

And on Tuesday, India cannot afford another loss if they wish to stay afloat in the tournament.

But it would be easier said than done as Australia have fielded a strong squad and are in red-hot form while the Indians have come here with an inexperienced team under the leadership of Sardar Singh.

While India lost 2-3 and drew 1-1 against Olympic champions Argentina and England in their first two games respectively, Australia defeated England 4-1 before getting the better of hosts Malaysia 3-1.

The Indians looked lacklustre in the opening two games and wasted numerous chances, including as many as nine penalty corners against England in their second game.

But if Sjoerd Marijne's team wants to upstage the Kookaburras tomorrow, it cannot afford to miss scoring chances, especially against an opponent as attacking as Australia.

Skipper Sardar has to lift his game significantly and inspire the youngsters in the absence of his regular teammates.

For Sardar, it is a make or break tournament. He has to deliver to be in fray for important tournaments lined-up later this year as an ordinary outing can draw curtains on his international career, especially with the team management preferring youngsters.

With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games a month away, it would be one last time for the Indian players, including Sardar to impress upon the national selectors.

A favourable result against Australia would definitely brighten India's chances as they play hosts Malaysia (on 7 March) and minnows Ireland (9 March) in their last two round-robin fixtures.

In other matches of the day, England will play neighbours Ireland while Argentina will square off against the home team.

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