"There is lot of time to go for the World Cup and we are showing improvement. If we keep the pace we have a fair chance to win the World Cup. We are moving forward step by step" - Indian coach, Harendra Singh
Feb 21

Written by: Sundeep Misra
Saturday, February 21, 2009 

Aus development squad 5 India 2

After two consecutive defeats against the Australian Development squad, India take on New Zealand in their first match of a four-test series.

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, India suffered another loss when they went down 2-5 to Australia’s development team.

In the first match, they had lost 3-5. India's coach in-charge Harendra Singh was disappointed with the team's overall performance and said the defence needed to be bolstered.

India trailed 1-3 at half time. India shot into the lead when Tushar Khandekar deflected home from Sandeep Singh's shot past goalkeeper George Bazeley.

Australia equalised four minutes later in identical fashion as Daniel put it past Baljit Singh after being set up by medio Jonathan Charlesworth, son of Australian coach Ric Charlesworth.

Cock got the lead for the hosts after a goalmouth skirmish. The Aussies further consolidated their position when captain Liam de Young struck to put them 3-1 up.

After the break, Sandeep Singh reduced the margin from a penalty corner conversion.

However, Australia came back strongly as they scored twice with Wilson and Patterson shooting past substitute custodian Adrian D'Souza.


(Ind) Khandekar 10m FG, (Aus) Hotchkis 12m FG, (Aus) Cock 14m FG, (Aus) Livermore 21m FG, (Aus) De Young 47m FG, (Ind) S. Singh 58m PC, (Aus) Paterson



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Re: India take on Black Sticks

After some great performances, now it seems that we are back to failing again. I was dissappointed by the two losses against the development team of Australia and now this draw may harmr future plannings.

By manu on   Saturday, February 28, 2009

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