The Indian ladies’s hockey crew put up a preventing present in opposition to Australia A earlier than happening 2-3 right here on Thursday.
Salima Tete (40’) and Sangita Kumari (54’) netted a objective every for India after Alice Arnott (18’) and Ruby Harris (20’, 35’) had put the hosts in entrance.
India dominated Australia A within the first quarter, incomes a penalty nook within the tenth minute however was unable to capitalise.
The hosts then gained a few penalty corners, however India’s defence held robust to forestall them from taking the lead, and the primary quarter ended goalless.
India centered on sustaining ball possession within the second quarter, however Australia A took the lead when Arnott (18′) scored a discipline objective.
Harris (20′) doubled the hosts’ lead moments later as she was free on the far publish, permitting her to simply put the ball in India’s objective.
With the scoreline stacked in opposition to them, India started to play aggressively and even made some good assaults, however could not discover the again of the web as Australia A went into the half-time break with the 2-0 lead.
Australia A prolonged their lead early within the third quarter when Harris (35′) scored her second objective of the sport to make it 3-0 for the hosts.
However, a couple of minutes later, Tete scored India’s first objective of the match with a superb shot from simply contained in the D.
In their bid to bounce again within the recreation, India got here out all weapons blazing within the fourth quarter and even gained two penalty corners however couldn’t convert them.
However, the guests stored testing the house crew’s defence and it lastly paid off as Sangita Kumari netted a objective within the dying minutes of the match to maintain India alive within the recreation.
But Australia A managed to cease the guests from scoring one other objective because the match ended 3-2 in favour of the hosts.
This was a part of their last two video games of the tour Down Under within the build-up to the Asian Games in September. They tackle Australia A right here once more on Saturday.
India had earlier misplaced a three-match collection in opposition to Australia 0-2 after happening 2-4 and 2-3 within the first two video games.
The third recreation was a 1-1 draw after India got here from behind to attain an equaliser.