FIH Pro League: India beat England 3-2 in a marathon shoot-out to climb to top of the table | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: The Indian males’s hockey group beat England in a dramatic shoot-out after each the perimeters have been locked 3-3 within the regulation time within the opening match of the double-leg FIH Pro League tie on the Kalinga Stadium on Saturday.
Within the shoot-out, the hosts received 3-2 to pocket two factors (together with a bonus) as in opposition to England’s one.
Abhishek (14th minute), Shamsher Singh (twenty seventh) and Harmanpreet Singh (52nd) have been the purpose scorers for India within the regulation time, whereas England sounded the board by means of Nicholas Bandurak (eighth, twenty eighth) and Sam Ward (sixtieth), who scored from a penalty stroke.

Each the groups will lock horns in opposition to one another once more within the second match of the tie on Sunday.
England began the match on a optimistic be aware by taking the lead within the eighth minute from a penalty nook conversion by Bandurak.
Regardless that they have been lower than their finest, India drew stage six minutes later by means of Abhishek, who scored with a fierce reverse hit after receiving a move from Shamsher.
India took the lead within the twenty seventh minute by means of Shamsher’s area strike.
However India’s pleasure was brief lived as England drew stage a minute later, as soon as once more by means of a penalty nook conversion by Bandurak.
It was a scrappy first half from each the groups, extra so from the Indians as they didn’t safe a single penalty nook as in opposition to England’s three.
England continued to play positively after the change of ends and secured a penalty nook quickly however veteran India custodian PR Sreejesh made a superb save to maintain the scores stage.
The Indians have been lacklustre all through the sport with their passes, extra so within the third quarter.
India’s below-par displaying could be gauged from the truth that they didn’t win a single penalty nook within the first three quarters.
The Indians, nevertheless, stepped up within the ultimate quarter and bought back-to-back penalty corners simply eight minutes from the ultimate whistle, the second of which was transformed by Harmanpreet with a surprising drag-flick to take a 3-2 lead.
However there was extra drama in retailer as the delicate Indian defence conceded a penalty stroke simply 14 seconds from the ultimate hooter and Ward was bang on course to stage the scores as soon as once more and take the match into shoot-out.
It was a marathon shoot-out as each the groups faltered, however finally the Indians held their nerves to come back out on high and pocket two factors from the sport.
By advantage of the win, India climbed to the highest of the Professional League standings with 18 factors from 9 video games.

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