India conquers Australia 4-3 for its first win in 13 matches

Striker Akashdeep Singh was the toast of the Indian team as it scored in the last minute to record its first win in 13 games against World Number 1 Australia at Adelaide on Wednesday.

Striker Akashdeep Singh was the toast of the Indian team as it scored in the last minute to record its first win in 13 games against World Number 1 Australia at Adelaide on Wednesday. The win – 4-3 – brings back India in the five series that Australia now leads 2-1. Akashdeep, who notched up a hat trick of goals in the first Test, was once again tormentor of the home team’s solid defence. The last time India beat Australia was in  2018 when it won the first Test 3-2 in a two-Test bilateral series in Bendigo, Victoria. Since then, India has lost 10 of 12  games played between the two nations while the remaining two had ended in draws. It also included a demoralising 0-7 loss to Australia in the final of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham early this year.

After losing the first Test narrowly, India suffered anhe big defeat in the second Test last Sunday. It needed a win badly to stay in the five Test series. Skipper Harmanpreet gave India the lead in the 12th minute with a penalty corner conversion. His score was followed by goals by Abhishek (47th minute), Shamsher Singh (57th minute) before the clincher came from Akashdeep Singh in the 60th minute. For Australia, the scorers were Jack Welch (25th minute), skipper  Aran  Zalesweki (32nd minute) and Nathan Ephrajums (59th minute). The remaining two matches of the series will be played on Saturday and Sunday before the Indian team returns home.

 

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