Indian Women’s hockey team suffered yet another defeat as they went down 2-3 to Australia “A” in the fourth game of their tour Adelaide on Thursday.
Salima Tete (40’) and Sangita Kumari (54’) netted a goal each for India after Alice Arnott (18’) and Ruby Harris (20’, 35’) had put the hosts in front.
The Visitors have already lost three match series against Australia 2-0 with one match being drawn
Against Australia ‘A’, the visitors dominated the proceedings with high pressing in the first quarter, which ended goalless.
India focused on maintaining ball possession in the second quarter, but the hosts took the lead through Alice Arnott (18′) . Two minutes later Ruby Harris increased the lead .
With the scoreline stacked against them, India began to play aggressively and even made some good attacks, but couldn’t find the back of the net as Australia ‘A’ went into the half-time break with the 2-0 lead.
The hosts extended their lead early in the third quarter when Ruby Harris (35′) scored her second goal of the game to make it 3-0 . However, five minutes later, Salima Tete reduced the margin for the visitors with a brilliant shot from just inside the D. The third quarter didn’t see any more goals and it came to a close 3-1 in Favour of Australia ‘A’.
In their bid to bounce back in the game, India came out all guns blazing in the fourth quarter and forced two penalty corners but couldn’t convert them. However, the visitors kept testing the home team’s defence and it finally paid off as Sangita Kumari (54’) netted a goal in the dying minutes of the match (2-3)