After earning a respectable draw against Australia in their opener, India failed to register a win in against England in the Hockey World League Finals yesterday. Akashdeep and Rupinder Singh levelled the game after being two goals down but Samuel Ward had the last laugh with a last-gasp winner.
The mammoth crowd turned out to watch host nation and Asian champions India in the final match of the day, although they did not get the result they hoped for as England (WR: 7) snatched a 3-2 victory. The European bronze medallists established a 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from David Goodfield and Sam Ward (Man of the Match, presented by Odisha New Opportunities) before India came roaring back into the contest, with Akashdeep Singh netting before Rupinder Singh tied the match with ten minutes to go.
However, it was Ward who would have the last word, creating space in the circle before smashing home a terrific strike to give England a winning response to their opening day defeat against Germany. The result moved England up to second in the Pool B table, one point behind leaders Germany and ahead of both third-placed Australia and fourth-placed India.