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Australia beat India 4-3 in hockey

IANS  |  Victoria (Australia) 

defeated 4-3 in the final game of the two-match hockey series here on Wednesday.

Playing with 10 men for large periods of the third quarter, defended stoutly but were edged past by the home side in a pulsating match.

The visitors were the first to rock the board, Akashdeep Singh scoring in the sixth minute.

The home team settled into the game a bit as the period went on and scored in the 13th minute via Trent Mitton. That goal would take both teams into the first break level at 1 goal apiece.

In an action-packed second quarter, Captain V.R. Raghunath gave the lead off a superbly executed penalty corner in the 22nd minute.

equalised via a penalty corner converted by Jake Whetton in the very next minute. Both teams played attacking hockey and constantly shifted the momentum.

had the final say when another Raghunath goal via a penalty corner gave them the lead as the teams went into half time.

In an ill-tempered third quarter that saw four yellow cards, three to Indian players, wrested back the control, scoring an equaliser via a Jeremy Hayward penalty corner conversion in the 38th minute.

were down by a player for long passages of play in the quarter and were even stuck with nine on the field for a while, with Nikkin Thimmaiah and Pardeep Mor both on yellow cards serving suspensions. The teams went into the final break level at 3-3.

were the stronger team in the final period.

In the 54th minute, Hayward scored his second off a penalty corner to give them the lead.

looked to make some inroads into the Australian defence and force an equaliser but the home side held on for a series levelling victory.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 20:18 IST
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