India lose to Australia 2-4, exit Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final

Frederick Owens
March 8, 2018

India, who lost to Argentina in the opening match before playing a 1-1 draw with England, faced a must-win situation against the mighty Australian side.

Faizal Saari (33rd) was the lone goal scorer for the home team.

With this convincing victory, India has managed to keep alive their final hopes, but it will depend on favourable results from the last round robin fixtures scheduled for Friday. With better ball possession in the first quarter, India created three potential chances to score but they did not materialise. On the other side, Australia has already booked their place for the final match as they are at the top of the points table.

With seconds left before half-time, India won the first penalty corner of the match but were unlucky as young drag-flicker Varun Kumar's shot rebounded off the crossbar ending the first half with the scoreline favouring Australia.

Shilanand Lakra gave India an early lead in the first quarter as he took on a pass from Gurjant Singh before pushing the ball past the Malaysian goalkeeper from a tight angle in the tenth minute. India started well and built an excellent pace that kept rattling the Aussie defence and their goalkeeper Andrew Charter had to make some brilliant saves.

Coming into Wednesday's match with a stunning 2-1 win against Olympic Champions Argentina, Malaysia were quick to get off the blocks, attacking India's circle.

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With just one goal up, India had their task cut out in the third quarter.

Gurjant Singh then scored twice and was supported by Sumit Kumar and Ramandeep Singh.

Poonam found the net to hand India the lead before Lee converted the penaly to level 1-1. India next play hosts Malaysia today, and need two wins to have any chance of playing for the 3rd-4th spot.

However, India shifted to another gear from then on and blitzed Malaysia with four goals through Gurjant Singh (42nd, 57th), Sumit Kumar (48th) and Ramandeep Singh (55th).

Australian skipper Mark Knowles was accurate in his attempt as he sent the ball past Krishan Pathak like a bolt, giving Australia a 1-0 lead.

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