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CWG: Indian teams lose bronze medal matches (Hockey Roundup)

IANS  |  Gold Coast 

The Indian hockey teams failed to etch their names in the medals column as both the men's and women's team lost to England in their respective bronze medal matches at the 21st here on Saturday.

While men's team lost 1-2 to England, the women's team suffered a 0-6 thrashing.

In the men's category, the gold medal went to Australia, outplaying while in women's final, won the gold, defeating

In the men's category, Sam Ward's penalty corner conversion led to England's first goal in the sixth minute. But restored parity 20 minutes later with a successful penalty corner conversion from Varun Kumar.

Ward gave England again the lead in the 43rd minute, employing a reverse-hand drive past P.R. after his initial drag-flick was blocked by

had problems in defence throughout the tournament and it was no different on Saturday.

Though had good ball possession in the initial minutes of the first quarter, England were far more dominating with intense attack, making spaces in the striking circle.

First it was the experienced who took a potential shot on goal in the fourth minute but was slightly off the mark.

An Indian infringement gave away the first penalty corner of the match. Though Ward's attempt was blocked away by India's first rusher Rohidas, in his second attempt Ward kept it low as he successfully found the right corner of the post, taking a 1-0 lead.

Stung by conceding the opening goal, failed to gather any kind of rhythm. With good man-to-man marking by England, making successful forays into the striking circle for the Indian forwards was hard to come by.

After several attempts, India's first breakthrough, however, came in the 26th minute when and worked in tandem to win the team's only penalty corner of the match. A well-thought variation between Rohidas and Varun fetched a much-needed equaliser.

Scores levelled at 1-1, the third quarter was closely fought. While began on an attacking note with Lalit taking a shot on goal in the 31st minute, Mandeep couldn't find the right deflection to score.

Although India's attack picked up steam, defensive errors on their part gave away two crucial penalty corners in the 39th and 42nd minutes. While, Ward's first attempt was brilliantly saved by P.R. Sreejesh, England relied on their No.1 drag-flicker yet again in the 43rd minute to take the strike.

This time, though first rusher Rohidas successfully blocked the drag-flick, but on rebound Ward used a strong back hand shot to once again find the right corner of the post that helped England regain the lead.

Down by a goal, desperately looked for opportunities to score but England's defence was relentless, not wanting to repeat what happened in their previous tie when scored in the last two minutes of the match.

Forward took an ambitious shot on goal but missed the mark in the 45th minute.

Seconds later, attempted a shot but couldn't convert into a goal.

England, meanwhile, won two penalty corners in the 50th and 54th minutes, but on both occasions different variations couldn't help in stretching their lead by two goals.

Two minutes from the end of the match, claimed a field goal after Akashdeep thought nudged home but a video referral by England was upheld saying there was a obstruction for the to react. It also denied a penalty corner while the English defence stuck together to keep the lead to win the match.

In the women's match, (44th, 49th, 56th minutes) scored a hat-trick late in the match while (20th), (55th) and (57th) got the other goals to settled for the bronze.

The Indians were let down by some poor finishing and lack of quality in the final pass within the opposition penalty area.

The penalty corner conversion was also totally below par, as it has been throughout the tournament. The Indians earned six penalty corners in this match, but could not convert any of those.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 19:52 IST
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