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India vs Australia Hockey Tests: India lose 2-1 in third match as Aussies take unassailable 3-0 lead in 5-match series

India vs Australia Hockey Tests: India lose 2-1 in third match as Aussies take unassailable 3-0 lead in 5-match series

Jeremy Hayward scored a brace for the Aussies after India took a lead through Jugraj Singh.

With a 1-2 loss, the Indian men’s hockey team’s losing streak against Australia continued. It was, however, a far more competitive match than the first two (1-5 and 2-4). Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series after Jeremy Hayward’s brace turned things around for Australia. India had taken the lead through Jugraj Singh.

India in the game till 2nd quarter

Australia’s ultra-attacking style of hockey persisted continued in the third match of the series too, but Craig Fulton’s India, led by PR Sreejesh, displayed a strong defensive game to hold the hosts at bay for the first two quarters.

Series up in smoke

India took the lead through a penalty corner in the third quarter. In the 41st minute, Jugraj’s incredible drag-flick gave Fulton’s team the advantage. The lead, however, was short-lived, as Amit Rohidas gave up a penalty kick three minutes later, which Hayward duly converted.

Australia took the lead four minutes into the final quarter when Hayward dribbled a PC past Sreejesh once more. India had little to no chance of tying the score as Australia maintained their rapid pace and the game progressed.

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