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Rupinder’s double in vain as India loses 3-2 to Australia

India failed to impress in the first match of the four Nations Invitational Tournament in Melbourne as Australia outclassed them by 3-2.

SNS | New Delhi |

Under the captaincy of VR Raghunath, India failed to impress in the first match of the four Nations Invitational Tournament in Melbourne as the hosts Australia outclassed them by 3-2 on Wednesday.
Australia started an aggressive game since the start, though it was Rupinder-led Indian defence that stood tall in front of their way.
Indian drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh earned the breakthrough in the 21st minute as he found the back the back of the net via a penalty corner.
Australia’s Jeremy Hayward scored an equaliser in the 24th minute through a PC to take the Aussies to level 1-1 against India, just before the half time.
The second half saw a more resilient Australia who kept on attacking for a lead. They got success early in the third quarter as Hayward struck his second goal in the 36th minute to extend Australia’s lead over India.
Trentt Mitton scored in the 43rd minute through a PC, to conclude the third quarter in the best possible way for Australia. India looked harassed by this time and continued to falter in the final quarter as well.
Star drag-flicker Rupinder stuck his second in the 53th minute to keep some hopes alive, though it couldn’t help much. The final score read 3-2 and Australia sealed the victory.
India will next face Malaysia on Thursday in their second match of the tournament.