India squandered a three-goal benefit and have been held to a 4-4 draw by hosts England of their second Pool B match on the Commonwealth Video games males’s hockey right here on Monday. The Indians began brilliantly and dominated the primary two quarters to take pleasure in a snug 3-0 lead at half time. However the Englishmen got here out exhausting within the remaining two quarters to stun the Indians.
England have been additionally helped by three playing cards to India’s Varun Kumar twice, one for 5 minutes within the first half after which once more 10 minutes within the second half, apart from a 10-minute suspension for Gurjant Singh within the remaining quarter for harmful play.
The Indians scored by means of Lalit Upadhayay (third minute), Mandeep Singh (thirteenth and twenty second) and Harmanpreet Singh (forty sixth) from a penalty nook.
England produced a valiant fightback within the second half and scored by means of Liam Ansell (forty second), Nick Bandurak (forty seventh, 53rd) and Phil Roper (53rd).
Each India and England have confronted one another 4 instances in CWG historical past, successful two matches every. Of their final assembly, England got here out on prime within the bronze medal match at Gold Coast 2018, successful 2-1.
Determined to avenge that loss, the Indians got here out attacking and dominated England in all points of the sport.
Whereas India have been on the offensive, England have been content material on defending deep.
India did not take too lengthy to take the lead when Lalit pouched in to attain from a rebound off Harmanpreet Singh’s flick from a penalty nook.
England received a penalty nook quickly, however wasted the chance.
With lower than three minutes remaining from the primary quarter, India mounted a counter-attack and Nilakanta Sharma superbly laid it up for Mandeep, who used his expertise to fit residence the ball with a superb reverse hit handy India a 2-0 lead.
The Indians continued to dominate the proceedings within the second quarter and mounted assaults after assaults on the English citadel.
Mandeep prolonged India’s lead within the twenty second minute when he brilliantly spun to shot in the direction of the objective, and the ball went in after getting a deflection from an English defender.
The Indians continued in identical vein within the preliminary levels of the third quarter, however England made their presence as time glided by.
England had the higher share of possession within the third quarter as India went on a defensive mode.
Within the forty second minute England secured a penalty nook, however first rusher Amit Rohidas got here to India’s rescue with fearless run to disclaim Sam Ward.
A minute later Liam Ansell scored from a area effort to cut back the margin.
4 minutes later India secured a penalty nook and this time, Harmanpreet was bang heading in the right direction with a fierce low flick to the underside proper nook of the England objective.
However Varun’s suspension hit India exhausting as England took full use of of the one-man benefit to press exhausting on the Indian defence and pulled one other again within the forty seventh minute when Bandurak neatly deflected in skipper Jack Waller’s cross.
Within the very subsequent minute English keeper Oliver Payne made a wonderful goal-line save to disclaim Hardik Singh.
England stored up their stress and secured one other penalty nook, however the Indian defended in numbers.
Within the fiftieth minute, Roper made made it 4-3 with a superb area objective after dancing down from the left flank.
With 9 minutes to go, Gurjant earned a 10-minute suspension for a harmful deal with and it value India closely, as Bandurak deflected in a cross from a counter-attack to stage the scores and stun the Indians.
England stored up the stress and secured one other penalty nook simply two minutes from the ultimate hooter, however India managed to maintain that away to accept a draw.
India will subsequent play Canada on Wednesday.
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