Bhubaneswar: India misplaced 3-Four to defending champions Australia however not earlier than they put up a spirited show of their first match of the two-leg FIH Professional League encounter right here on Friday.
India have been down 1-Four earlier than the ultimate quarter, however rallied to tug again as they sounded the board twice solely to expire of time ultimately. Dylan Wotherspoon (sixth minute), Tom Wickham (18th), Lachlan Sharp (41st) and Jacob Anderson (42nd) scored 4 discipline objectives for the winners whereas Raj Kumar Pal (36th, 47th) and Rupinder Pal Singh (52nd) netted for the hosts.
Australia moved as much as the third place within the standings with 9 factors from 5 video games, whereas India remained a spot behind with eight factors from as many video games.
The Aussies went forward with Wotherspoon deflecting house Sharp’s cross from shut vary, and from there on they stored India below a decent leash. Wickham doubled Australia’s tally with an in depth vary faucet in within the 18th minute.
India pegged one again when Raj Kumar scored from a rebound after Rupinder’s preliminary flick from a penalty nook was saved by Australia goalkeeper Andrew Constitution.
The Aussies then hit again by netting twice in a span of two minutes to take a 4-1 lead.
The fourth quarter gave the house followers a lot to cheer as India diminished the margin driving Raj Kumar’s discipline objective. Rupinder scored one other as he transformed a penalty nook to make it 3-4.
Within the dying minutes, Rupinder’s shot went simply extensive as goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh made a number of beautiful saves on the different finish.
The 2 groups will meet within the second match right here on Saturday.