Hockey: Misfiring India draw 1-1 against England in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Ipoh: India wasted possibilities galore to accept a 1-1 draw in opposition to England of their second match on the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey match right here on Sunday.
It was India’s first level within the match having beforehand misplaced 2-Three to Olympic champions Argentina of their match opener on Saturday on the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium.
Younger Shilanand Larka (14th minute) scored his first worldwide aim within the dying minutes of the primary quarter to offer India the lead, which the lads in blue maintained until the 53rd minute, when Mark Gleghorne transformed a penalty stroke.
By advantage of this draw, final yr’s bronze medallist India are actually positioned fourth within the desk within the six-team match.
The Indians, who’ve fielded a younger and inexperienced group within the match beneath Sardar Singh’s management, solely had themselves in charge as they wasted as many as 9 penalty corners apart from just a few nice scoring possibilities from the sector.
India had been sluggish to get off the blocks as England put strain on the rival citadel with steady raids up entrance.
However India took the lead in opposition to the run of play a minute earlier than the primary quarter when Shilanand pounced on a rebound after Talwinder Singh’s preliminary shot was saved by England goalkeeper Harry Gibson.
The Indians, nevertheless, had been on high within the second quarter and earned as many as eight penalty corners with shut succession, however the dragflcik battery of Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas didn’t breach the England protection led by goalkeeper George Pinner, who changed Gibson.
The third quarter witnessed a midfield slugfest between each the perimeters as England pressed laborious for the equaliser and within the course of secured a penalty nook, which was wasted.
The Indians secured their ninth and remaining penalty nook within the 48th minute however as has been the story within the match, they didn’t utilise the chance and it will definitely proved expensive for Sjoerd Marijne and his group.
Seven minutes from the ultimate hooter, England had been awarded a penalty stroke for a stick infringement contained in the Indian circle and Gleghorne stepped as much as convert the possibility with ease previous goalie Krishan B Pathak.
Thereafter, each the groups tried laborious to discover a winner however failed of their efforts.
After a relaxation day on Monday, India will subsequent play world no.1 Australia on Tuesday, whereas England might be up in opposition to Eire.