India lose 1-3 to Australia in the fourth game of Hockey Test Series

Hockey Test Series

In the fourth match of the five-match men’s hockey Test series, India suffered a 1-3 defeat against Australia. This match, held in Perth, marked India’s fourth consecutive loss in the series. Despite an improved performance from the Indian team, the Kookaburras proved to be formidable opponents.

Australia dominates yet another game in the Hockey Test Series

The match, which started 40 minutes late due to lightning, saw all four goals scored from penalty corners. India took the lead in the 12th minute with a goal from skipper Harmanpreet Singh. However, Australia quickly retaliated and drew level in the 19th minute when Jeremy Hayward converted their fifth penalty corner with a powerful flick.

Hayward continued to shine throughout the match, scoring another goal in the 47th minute. Jack Welch further extended Australia’s lead in the 54th minute. Despite India’s efforts, they were unable to close the gap, resulting in a 1-3 defeat.

This loss follows India’s previous defeats in the series, with a crushing 1-5 loss in the opening Test, followed by 2-4 and 1-2 losses in the second and third Tests respectively. The Indian team’s performance in this crucial tour Down Under has been disappointing, with the team struggling to match the strength and skill of the Australian team.

Despite the result, the match was an entertaining affair, with both teams showcasing their skills and strategies. India had the first shot at the goal in the opening minute through Mandeep Singh, but an alert Australian goalkeeper saved his hit from the top of the circle. The Kookaburras secured back-to-back penalty corners in the second minute, but veteran India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made twin saves to deny their opponents.

Unlike the previous three games where they relied more on aerial long passes to penetrate the Australian defence, the Indians used the midfield smartly, building their attacks with fine ball transfer. However, despite their efforts and strategy, they were unable to secure a win.

The Indian team’s performance in this series has been a cause for concern, with the team failing to secure a single win so far. As they prepare for the fifth and final match of the series, the team will undoubtedly be looking to learn from their mistakes and put up a strong fight against Australia.

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