The Indian junior men’s hockey team tied Australia 5-5 in overtime on Wednesday and moved into second place in the Sultan of Johor Cup round-robin league standings thanks to a late goal.
After Boby Singh Dhami (2nd), Sharda Nand Tiwari (8th, 35th), and Arijit Singh Hundal (18th) found the Australian goal, India was saved by Amandeep (60th minute) with a last-second goal.
Australia’s goal scorers were Liam Hart (3rd), Jack Holland (8th), Joshua Brooks (20th, 41st), and Jake Lambeth (49th).
With 10 points after four games, Australia is in first place, followed by India (two wins, one tie, and one loss).
India opened the tournament by defeating the hosts Malaysia 5-2 before falling to South Africa 4-5 and then thrashing Japan 5-1.
The Ebbs and flows between India and Australia in the Round Robin of Sultan of Johor Cup 2022
Indians captain Uttam Singh got to the baseline against Australia and laid the ball off for his deputy Dhami to score on the team’s very first play. However, Australia equalised via Hart less than a minute later. Soon after, Holland scored his first goal of the day against India to give Australia a quick lead.
Australia took an early lead, but Tiwari’s accurate strike from a penalty corner quickly tied the game.The second quarter got underway quickly as well, with Dhami attempting to exhaust the Australian defence early on.
As a result of applying pressure, Hundal was able to redirect a pass beyond the Australian goalie, giving India the advantage once more.
A few minutes later, India goalie Mohith Shashikumar gave away a penalties, and Brooks converted it perfectly to tie the score at 3-3 at the break.
India continued to pursue goals after the switch, and it took them five minutes until they were successful when Tiwari successfully converted another penalty corner. However, the advantage was erased after six minutes as Brooks’ penalty corner tied the score at 4-4.
Australia gained a small lead four minutes into the fourth and final quarter because to Lambeth’s successful penalty corner conversion. Amandeep saved his team by scoring just before the final buzzer as India came out swinging in pursuit of the equaliser.
India will take against Great Britain in their sixth game on Friday,