At last, the Indian hockey team broke the jinx, defeating world No. 1 Australia by 4-3 to register its first win in 13 years against the Kookaburras on Wednesday.
Adelaide: At last, the Indian hockey team broke the jinx, defeating world No. 1 Australia by 4-3 to register its first win in 13 years against the Kookaburras on Wednesday. The incredible victory kept the five-match series alive; currently, Australia is ahead by 2-1 after winning the first two matches by 4-5 and 4-7. The fourth and fifth matches will take place on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The same Australian side outplayed India 7-0 in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games final this year.
Akashdeep Singh turned the tables in today’s game with a last-minute goal to shock Australia. The other goal scorers for India were Harmanpreet Singh (12th minute), Abhishek (47th), and Shamsher Singh (57th). Australia managed to score three goals through Jack Welch (25th), skipper Aran Zalewski (32nd), and Nathan Ephraums (59th).
Both sides started the proceedings on a patient note and didn’t want to go all out. Australia got the first opportunity in the seventh minute, but Indian goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak prevented a goal.
Harmanpreet Singh’s penalty corner conversion in the 12th minute gave India the lead. The hosts rallied and levelled the score in the 25th minute on Welch’s goal.
The home side pressed hard to score a couple of goals in quick succession, but the Indian defence was alert to keep the strong Australian forwards at bay most of the time. Veteran goalkeeper Sreejesh frustrated several counterattacks created by the hosts.
The pendulum of the match was swinging from one end to the other. Some brilliant stick work was shown on the turf by both sides. Akashdeep Singh scored at the nick of time to give India a tremendous victory against Australia after a long wait of 13 years.