Thakur scores brace as India defeat Argentina

Deepak Thakur’s brace scripted India’s 2-1 win against Argentina in the first Test of the four-match Series at the Pan-Am National Stadium on Monday...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mar Del Plata | Published: January 20, 2009 2:15 pm

Deepak Thakur’s brace scripted India’s 2-1 win against Argentina in the first Test of the four-match Series at the Pan-Am National Stadium on Monday.

The veteran Indian Oil striker sounded the boards in the 18th and 41st minutes,while Matias Paredes reduced the margin for Argentina in the 65th minute with a penalty corner deflection. It was,however,the hosts who looked more attacking of the two sides as they forced their first penalty corner in the fourth minute,but Indian goalkeeper Baljit Singh foiled Juan Ignacio Gilardi’s drag-flick.

India soon settled down with controlled midfield play from VS Vinaya and Gurbaj Singh,who were instrumental in setting up forwards Rajpal Singh,Tushar Khandekar and Prabhjot Singh.

India could have taken the lead in the seventh minute when Rajpal sent a sizzling cross to Thakur,but he shot wide. Argentina attempted numerous forays with rapid interchanges and overheads,but they were superbly checked by deep defending and Dilip Tirkey.

However,on one occasion,Mario Almada managed to get past Tirkey,but Baljit dived to his right to bring off a spectacular save.

India finally took the lead in the 18th minute when Rajpal intercepted in the centre to set up Khandekar. The wily Jhansi lad then pushed to the overlapping Prabhjot,who dodged past two Argentine defenders releasing Thakur,who did not make any mistake this time.

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