Sultan Azlan Shah cup | India share spoils with England after drawing their second game

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Sultan Azlan Shah cup | India share spoils with England after drawing their second game

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India started the day 2 of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a 1-1 draw against England in their second game of the tournament. The last year’s bronze medalists will now face World No.1 Australia in the next tie on Tuesday in a bid to win 3 points which would help them earn a chance to win a medal.

After losing to Argentina 2-3 in the first game, India had to make a strong comeback in their second game against England and they did exactly that. India’s goal in the first quarter was nullified by a penalty stroke converted by Mark Gleghorne midway through the final quarter and the Englishman’s goal meant both the teams shared the spoils as the match ended with a 1-1 scoreline.

India started the match on the front foot and scored a goal 14 minutes into the first quarter as Shilanand Lakra converted a ball blocked by Talwinder Singh’s first touch earning India a one-goal lead. India defended well in the next two quarters as their defense was rigid and did not provide England with space to move the ball around.

India also played most of the third quarter with ten men as Lakra and Simranjeet Singh were awarded green card and yellow card respectively. India was awarded a total of 9 penalty corners in the match but failed to convert even one in the game which cost them the two important points.

Midway through the 4th quarter, England were awarded a penalty stroke for a stick check by Nilakanta Sharma. Mark Gleghorne fired the ball to the right of Indian goalie Krishan Pathak to make the scoreline 1-1. 

India will now face Australia in their next match on Tuesday in the bid to earn full 3 points from that game which would enable them to play a medal-winning match later in the tournament.

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