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Bungling India hit out of gold race by Black Sticks, to play England for bronze

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

A profligate Indian men's team squandered eight of the nine penalty corners to suffer a 2-3 defeat at hands of lower-ranked in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games, here today.

Not only the poor conversion but defensive lapses too played a huge rule in India's defeat, which means the silver medallists from the last two editions will now fight with England in the bronze medal match tomorrow.

Hugo Inglis, and scored for in the first three quarters. scored both the goals for India, converting a before finding the net on the eighth penalty corner.

In the fast-paced first quarter, had first chance to take lead but Mandeep Singh missed out and the team made it worse for itself by fluffing a penalty corner.

The Kiwis though did not miss their chance as forward sounded the board with a furious reverse hit. An inexplicable defence lapse allowed to double the lead.

"The story of the tournament is that we have had enough penalty corners. We created enough chances but we didn't score off those. If you see today, we were in the circle of opponent for 32 times and they countered 14 times. They scored 3 but we only scored 2. The game is about scoring the goals and we don't do that enough," a said after the match.

The Indian team struggled to penetrate the defence. earned their first penalty corner in the second quarter but PR Sreejesh thwarted the attempt, saving the team from conceding a 0-3 lead.

Another penalty corner was awarded to when the umpire ruled that Jenness was fouled inside the striking circle. However the Indians got the decision overturned by taking a video referral.

SV Sunil attempted an ambitious strike from the near post but his shot hit the vertical.

Late in the second quarter, Sumit, charging from the right flank, was felled by a Kiwi defender and Indian team were awarded a penalty corner. Kiwi stopped the first shot but on rebound, Akashdeep's shot hit the shoulder of a Kiwi defender, resulting in getting a

Harmanpreet converted the reduce the lead at the half-time.

Sunil earned a penalty corner for his side early in the third quarter but squandered the chance to get an equaliser.

A defensive lapse on penalty corner cost dear as Varun Kumar failed to clear ball after a couple of rebounds and put ahead 3-1.

A fifth penalty corner also went abegging, leaving with an arduous task of erasing the two-goal deficit in the final quarter. Conversion remained an issue with the Indians as Dilpreet Singh's shot hit the far post.

Five minutes from the final hooter, got back-to-back penalty corners but converted none. While Harmanpreet finally converted a penalty corner it was too late in the day.

In another semifinal match, defending champions beat England 2-1 to set up a summit clash against trans-Tasman rivals tomorrow.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 20:05 IST
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