India held current World Champions & World no. 2 Australia for a draw (1-1) in an absolute thriller of World Hockey League Finals in Bhubaneshwar on Friday.
Beginning the match on a high note, India look for the chances & took the lead in the 20th minute through a brilliant goal from Mandeep as he flipped and took a backhand shot to hit the goal.
But Australia was quick to counter attack & levelled it a minute later by converting a penalty corner.
Both teams matched each other in every aspect of the game but could not find another goal and the match ended in a draw.
Penalty corners surely was a problem for India, as well as Australia as both teams failed to capitalise the chances from penalty corners.
This could be one of the toughest tournament for the young Indian team that is without the iconic Sardar Singh.
In the opening match of the tournament Germany defeated England 2-0 to start their campaign in a dominating fashion.
Germany scored through Mats Grambusch (19) and Christopher Ruhr (25) with both the goals coming in the second quarter of the game.
With this victory Germany sits on the top of the table with 3 points while India & Australia are on joint 2nd position because of the draw.
In the eight-time tournament, all teams are guaranteed for a quarter-final spot as there are only eight teams.
Last time at HWL Finals, India lost three of their group games and yet went on to win a bronze medal.