Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey updates: India & England play out 1-1 draw


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A wasteful India played out a 1-1 draw against England in their second match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Sunday in Ipoh, Malaysia.

India took lead in the first quarter itself through Shilanand Lakra in the 14th minute. Ramandeep Singh’s cross from the right found Talwinder Singh whose first touch was blocked but Lakra scored on the rebound to put India ahead.

England primarily dominated the first quarter but India kept pushing for a counter attack and it was Shilanand Lakra who scored in the 14th minute to give India an early lead.

The second quarter was more balanced between the two teams as India started the quarter well, winning a total of eight penalty corner to put England on the back-foot. However, India’s efforts on goal were either saved or blocked by the English defence which meant that England survived the opening spell of pressure created by the Indian team.

England were awarded their first penalty corner of the match towards the start of the third quarter and looked to make the most of it. India were reduced to 10-men team as Shilanand had earned himself a green card at the stroke of the half-time hooter. However, to England’s disappointment, Mark Gleghorne’s delivery was deflected off his teammate Ian Sloan as India survived a nervy few minutes at the start of the third quarter. India had the better chances in the third quarter and could have extended their lead but the English defense was saved by their resolute defending in important scenarios.

Seven minutes from the final hooter, England were awarded a penalty stroke for a stick infringement inside the Indian circle and Gleghorne stepped up to convert the chance with ease past goalie Krishan B Pathak.

Thereafter, both the teams tried hard to find a winner but failed in their efforts.

After a rest day tomorrow, India will next play world no.1 Australia on Tuesday, while England will be up against Ireland.

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