India draws 1-1 with Australia A

India suffered a setback in the 21st minute when Kiran Arunasalam struck a fine field goal for Australia ‘A’. In the 56th minute, Harmanpreet Singh converted a well-timed, powerful dragflick to equalise and salvage a draw.

India struggled on the field today, failing to convert chances created in the striking circle and missing out on three PCs, but Harmanpreets's 56th minute strike helped the team remain unbeaten.   -  Hockey India

A late goal by dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh helped the Indian men’s hockey team salvage a 1-1 draw against Australia ‘A’ here on Monday.

India made two good saves in the initial minutes of the first quarter while defending back-to-back penalty corners. The attempts somewhat made up for an average start by the visiting team with the Australia ‘A’ attack putting the team under pressure right from the start.

India suffered a setback in the 21st minute when Kiran Arunasalam struck a fine field goal for Australia ‘A’

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India’s inability to convert chances created in the striking circle and missing out on three PCs dented its fightback. The defence, on the other hand, was able to contain the home team from extending the lead.

It was in Harmanpreet’s second attempt, in the 56th minute, that saw him convert a well-timed, powerful dragflick to equalise.

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“We had a poor start in the first ten minutes of the game which was a complete opposite to how we played on Friday. We slowly got back into the game in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters and also created enough opportunities to win the game,” Indian chief coach Graham Reid said.

“On Wednesday we will need to start much better and play well in all four quarters. In tomorrow’s practice session we will be working on our connections especially in the midfield,” he added.

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India will next take on the Australian national side on Wednesday and if the visiting side has to emerge on top, Reid said it will need to start much better and keep the pressure on the opponent in all four quarters.