Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Australia beat England 2-1 to lift 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Australia beat England 2-1 to lift 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

India's hopes of a podium finish were dashed as it squandered the lead twice and lost 3-2 to Ireland in the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament here on Friday. But there was nothing he could do about India's opening goal as Ramandeep Singh dove in at the post to deflect home from Varun Kumar's initial penalty corner shot in the 10th minute. Ireland's sole goal came from the sticks of Julian Dale in the 48th minute.

Saturday's match capped a rather insipid campaign for India during which the only positive results were a 5-1 rout of hosts Malaysia and a 1-1 draw with European powerhouse England.

But two minutes later, India won their third penalty corner of the match and this time, Amit Rohidas's flick was strong enough to fly past the Irish goalie, giving the 2017 bronze medallists 2-1 lead.

Jamie Carr was in action first as he controlled his circle with an important boot to intercept a cross ball. This time Varun Kumar found success to give India a 1-0 lead.

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A foot foul by defender Dipsan Tirkey saw India concede a penalty corner only 15 seconds prior to the half-time hooter but Suraj Karkera was on top of his job to keep India's lead. Still the blend of youth and experience, which makes up the Irish squad, have been given an eye opener and a taste of what they will face come the end of the year in India at the World Cup finals.

One such attempt saw Nilam Sanjeep Xess's fierce pass from right side of the circle to find forward Shilanand Lakra poised in front of the goal. However, complacency seemed to seep into India's game and they were sluggish in the third quarter from the outset. With 10 minutes remaining the favourites claimed their fourth goal with Jake Harvie steering in a cross from Beale. It was brilliant play by Talwinder Singh, who received a good pass from Simranjeet Singh who laid it to Gurjant and the young striker from Punjab made no mistake in slotting the ball home.

India were awarded two more penalty corners later in the final quarter but failed to score both.

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