England beat India 3-2 following a 57th minute winner from Sam Ward & after Saturday’s action, India’s wait for the first win continued.
England were 2-0 up at one time before India came back to score two quick goals in the final quarter. With momentum on their side, India erred for a moment and England capitalised on the lucky break. For India, Rupinder Pal Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored the goals.
England fell short of Germany in their HWL opener on Friday evening, losing 0-2 whereas India held World champions Australia to a 1-1 draw.
Much was expected from Indian team against the lower ranked Britishers but England improved while India remained wasteful as their first match performance.
England took the lead thanks to an enterprising goal from David Goodfield in the 25th minute. From an acute angle, he shot towards the far corner and with some luck, the ball deflected off goalkeeper Suraj karkera and went inside the cage.
India’s bad penalty conversion rate continues as hosts won back-to-back penalty corners but converted neither. After 45 minutes they were lagging behind by two goals and with time running out, they not only needed to create chances but to convert them too.
Another opportunity came, in the form of penalty corner but the story remained the same as Rupinder Pal Singh’s bad run continued with the England goalkeeper blocking his flick, again. But as the goalie fell in his effort, Akashdeep Singh was waiting inside the D and on the rebound, lifted the ball over him, scoring the equaliser and bringing the packed stadium alive.
With that goal, the whole scenerio was changed – on and off the field. And this time Rupinder’s drag flick finally found the net to give India much needed qualiser. In the 50th minute, India had equalised – scoring twice in three minutes.
Six minutes after that, Ward crashed through the Indian defenders to sneak in his second goal and England then held on to their 3-2 lead despite India playing without a goalkeeper in the final moments in a desperate search for an equaliser.
With this lost, India’s search for the first win in the tournament continues.