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Hockey | Akashdeep scores hat-trick but sloppy India lose 4-5 to Australia

Akashdeep Singh in motion. File
| Photo Credit: Okay. Murali Kumar

Akashdeep Singh’s hat-trick went in useless as India conceded two late targets to lose 4-5 in opposition to Australia within the high-scoring first hockey Test of the five-match sequence right here on Saturday.

Akashdeep Singh (tenth, twenty seventh, 59th) scored thrice whereas skipper Harmanpreet Singh (thirty first) transformed a penalty nook for India.  Australia’s targets have been scored by Lachlan Sharp (fifth), Nathan Ephraums (twenty first), Tom Craig (forty first) and Blake Govers (57th, sixtieth) who discovered the again of the Indian web twice from penalty corners in the direction of the fag finish of the match.

The second match of the sequence will be performed on Sunday.   

India’s chief coach Graham Reid was expectedly upset along with his staff’s efficiency within the remaining levels of the match.

“It was a disappointing finish to what was probably a pretty good performance. We let ourselves down at certain stages specifically in two quarters but I think we came back well only to unfortunately hand it back to them (Australia) at the end. That’s something we have to get better at now,” Reid stated.

“The challenge now is to put a good performance together. One of the objectives of this tour is consistency, and that’s the challenge for us tomorrow.”     Australia began on an attacking notice and took the lead as early as within the fifth minute with Sharp slotting dwelling previous India custodian PR Sreejesh along with his very first contact of the match.         The Indians responded inside minutes with Amit Rohidas creating an incredible transfer from the left flank however his ball was intercepted contained in the circle by the Australian defence.      

Akashdeep equalised for India within the eleventh minute after Hardik Singh made an exquisite interception to create the chance.       Six minutes into the second quarter, Australia restored their lead, courtesy poor defending from the Indians as they did not clear a cross and Ephraums obtained a wise deflection to place the ball into the web.       Akashdeep as soon as once more got here to India’s rescue and scored with a fierce reverse hit within the twenty seventh minute to stage the scores.       Just at the stroke of half-time, Australia obtained a penalty nook however India’s second goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak was alert to avert the hazard.     

A minute after the change of ends, Harmanpreet gave India the lead for the primary time within the match, scoring from a penalty nook The Indians then secured back-to-back penalty corners however wasted each. In the forty first minute, the Kookaburras secured one other penalty nook and Craig scored from a rebound after Sreejesh saved the preliminary drag-flick.       The dwelling staff continued to press onerous and secured a handful of penalty corners however did not money in on the alternatives.      

India have been sloppy on the turf within the final 5 minutes of the sport as Jarmanpreet Singh obtained an pointless inexperienced card, leaving his facet a person down for the remainder of the sport.      Australia took full benefit of the state of affairs and secured one other penalty nook which was transformed by Govers with a robust flick.      

But Akashdeep levelled the scores a minute from the ultimate hooter, scoring from a goalmouth melee.      But poor defending from the Indians inside their very own circle price them as Australia earned two extra penalty corners and Govers as soon as once more discovered the web with the second try at hand the house staff a 1-0 lead within the sequence.

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