India lost by scoring a goal in the last minute: Australia beat 5-4 in the first hockey match
India lost by scoring a goal in the last minute: Australia beat 5-4 in the first hockey match, Akashdeep's hat-trick did not work
The Olympic bronze medalist Indian men's hockey team has suffered a defeat in the first match of the 5-match series against Australia. Australia defeated India 5-4 in this match played in Adelaide. Akashdeep Singh scored a hat-trick for India, yet the team could not win. The second match of the series will be played on Sunday.
In this high-scoring match, two players Akashdeep Singh and captain Harmanpreet Singh scored goals for India. Akashdeep scored in the 11th, 27th and 59th minutes of the match. At the same time, Harmanpreet converted a penalty corner in the 31st minute.
Lachlan Sharpe (5th minute), Nathan Eframus (21st minute), Tom Craig (41st minute) and Blake Gowers (57th and 60th minute) scored for the winning side Australia.
Australia's team made a fast start in the match according to their mood. Sharp scored in the fifth minute to put the hosts ahead 1-0. The Indian team made a strong comeback after this and Akashdeep Singh equalized in the 11th minute.
Australia regained the lead in the sixth minute of the second quarter. Nathan Eframus took advantage of the weakness in the Indian defence to score. Akashdeep scored a goal in the 27th minute to bring the match back on par.
India took the lead for the first time in the match through Harmanpreet's goal just after halftime. However, this lead was eroded after 10 minutes as Tom Craig took advantage of a weakness in the Indian defence to level the scores at 3-3.
Three goals were scored in the last three minutes of the match. Blake Govers scored in the 57th minute to put Australia ahead 4–3. Two minutes later, Akashdeep completed his hat trick and brought the match to 4-4. However, in the last minute, Govers scored another goal to give his team a 5–4 victory.
After the match, India's chief coach Graham Reid looked very disappointed. He said – the end of the match was disappointing. We played well but could not finish the match in our favour.