India vs Australia, Champions Trophy: India suffer first defeat in Champions Trophy; lose 2-3 to Australia

India vs Australia, Champions Trophy: India suffer first defeat in Champions Trophy; lose 2-3 to Australia

India vs Australia Hockey, Champions Trophy: India lose 2-3 to Australia to suffer their first defeat of the tournament after winning against Pakistan and Argentina.

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India vs Australia Hockey, Champions Trophy: India lost 2-3 to Australia in the third round robin game.

India vs Australia Hockey, Champions Trophy: Defending World Cup, World League, Commwealth Games and Chammpions Trophy gold medallists Australia kept their unbeaten streak over India alive following a 3-2 win in their third games in the round robin stages of the Champions Trophy. Australia took lead in the sixth minute before India equalised four minutes later. Just five minutes later, Australia regained their lead and kept things at that till half time. They extended their lead in the third quarter before India grabbed a late consolation goal. A late penalty corner could have levelled things for India but for a brave defensive effort.

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The hooter goes and India suffer their first defeat of the Champions Trophy. A fighting end to things by India, could have even grabbed an equaliser. But allowed too much space to venture forward throughout the match. 


57 seconds left to play and another penalty corner has been awarded to India. Australia have asked for a referral. The decision stands. Key moment for India. Harmanpreet Singh once again but this time it is defended defiantly. Possession for Australia now


Chance for India to get something with under three minutes left. All 11 players for India are now outfield players. First shot at goal is saved and then denied. Brings up another PC. CONVERTED! GOAL! Harmanpreet Singh, with the red bib, keeps it low, keeps it fierce and sends the ball to the Lovell's left. GOAL! AUSTRALIA 3-2 INDIA


Referral for a stick check inside the India D. The penalty corner call stands and Australia have their seventh PC. But it isn't connected cleanly. Tim Brand tries to get something on it to beat Sreejesh but saved by Sreejesh. 


Massive chance for India to reduce the deficit but the final touch evades them. Bit of luck, some ricoches and it eventually comes to Vivek Prasad who has the ball behind him. Tries to deflect it somehow but it goes just wide of the goal


SV Sunil with a thundering shot from just inside the area but the shoot is wide of the mark. Did well to make his way into the but got the angles just wrong. Seconds later, Sardar Singh has a shy at goal but it is a fluffed effort and saved away

End of third quarter

At the end of the third quarter, Australia lead India 3-1 and the Kookaburras have curtailed India's forays forward. Even when they do, the impact has been strictly reduced. 


Australia's Jake Harvie is given a yellow card with under two minutes to play in the third quarter


PR Sreejesh makes the save but the ball is lifted up. And that means a penalty corner for Australia. Their sixth this game. It is saved and then defended away. Hits an Australian stick on its way and possession for India


Manpreet Singh had earned a yellow card at the start of the third quarter


GOAL! Australia extend their lead quickly in the third quarter. Tom Craig with a shot from the edge of the D and it is deflected into the goal by Trent Mitton. India reviewed for an obstruction when the shot was taken by the decision stands. AUSTRALIA 3-1 INDIA


Third quarter underway between India and Australia. Australia lead 2-1


India trail Australia 1-2 at the break. Australia took the lead in the sixth minute with a Lachlan Sharp goal. Varun Kumar equalised four minutes later. Tom Craig restored the defending champions' advantage at the stroke of end of first quarter. No goals in the second quarter even with nine PC's in total in the match


SV Sunil and Jake Harvie told to march off the pitch with three minutes to play in the first half. 


Penalty corners for Australia. Coming in thick and fast here. Even as the referees look at the TV monitors for a back stick. Once again it is hit well and it is destined for the right side of Sreejesh but he gets down low to get his stick to save it. Superb save!


WOW! Australia with a fiercely hit shot from the penalty corner, first it hits the post and then the rebound falls to another Australia player who tests Sreejesh. 


Fourth penalty corner of the game for India. It is grabbed neatly, shot comes on and it is saved. Well hit and it produces an equally great save. A minute later, Harmanpreet is given a green card


At the end of the first quarter, an open game so far by both teams and plenty of attack. Australia lead India 2-1 after first 15 minutes


Australia regain their lead. Plenty of luck coming Australia's way. The ball is played into the area, comes to an Australia player who tries to deflect it into the goal but Sreejesh is equal to it. It bobbles up and then is tucked home by Tom Craig. 


India creating some really good chances but haven't scored yet. First, a ball played into the area fails to get a deflection even as it beats the Australian keeper. Moments later, a shot is taken on the goal but it is saved away


Twin penalty corners for India and both come off horrible. Almost identical. However, the second one continues and it comes to Varun Kumar back into the area and he is in plenty of space to slam the ball home. Clinical finish! VARUN KUMAR EQUALISES FOR INDIA.

India starting lineup


Australia score in the 5th minute of the match and India defence is in tatters early on. Good cross in front of the net and all Sharp had to do was just place his stick and the ball went inside the open net. AUS 1-0 IND


Australia starting early on with attacking mindset and they stitch together a move with Indian defence struggling to get control. Australia take a shot early on but they waste it. 


Australia get the game underway and WE ARE ON! This is an important game for both the teams and India want to continue their winning run. Australia, on the other hand, are looking to continue their domination.

National Anthems

The players are out on the field and before the kickoff, there will be the National Anthems from both the nation. First we start with India's National Anthem. The players look determined and eager to impress against the Champions Australia. 

Time for Australia's National Anthem now. Australia look confident. They look in the mood to pick up another win over India. 

Ramandeep Singh ruled out

India will be without Ramandeep Singh for the Champions Trophy. He suffered a knee injury in the first game against Pakistan. But still scored one and assisted one. Following MRI, it was confirmed he would be unable to play further part. "Ramandeep complained about a pinch in his right knee at half-time during our match against Pakistan. But when we rested him for Argentina match and took him an MRI on Monday, it was revealed that he has sustained a full thickness condral fracture-injury in the center of his right knee," explained Chief Coach Harendra Singh. "We will certainly miss him, we missed him against Argentina too. He is an experienced player and the way he creates space and takes shots on goal has worked for the team. Playing high speed hockey with 17 players can get a bit tiring for the players. But that should not be a deterrent in our pursuit to earn a place in the Final,” he added.

India vs Australia record

India vs Australia since 2010: India won 7 of 35 matches played against Australia. In sharp comparison, India won 5 of 6 in 60s. Ever since, it has been a dismal record each decade. 

Harendra Singh before the game

Here's what India coach Harendra Singh had to say prior to the contest: "The team has so much more potential and it’s time they stop hanging on to the No.6 spot in the world and surge to the top three. We have always spoken about doing well against the top 5 world ranked teams. I think this is the best chance to show that we can,” Harendra stated without mincing his words. "Australia are among the fittest teams in the world, they play with a lot of speed like us and are consistent but we need to carry on the momentum we have started with," he added. 

India vs Australia

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions Trophy. India take on Australia in the third round robin game for both teams. India, second in the standings, have won both games while Australia, third in the table, have won once and drawn the other. 

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India vs Australia Live: India come into the contest on the back of two wins in two.

India vs Australia Live: India come into the third game having won their first two - 4-0 vs Pakistan and 2-1 vs Argentina. The Argentina game tested the Indian team's resolve as the Olympic champions made life difficult as the game went on. But India stuck to their games, played to the strategy and stood ahead when the hooter went off. By displaying distinct hunger to win, India at many times in the game exhibited aggressive yet structured and disciplined hockey. “We made some key changes in how we defend and attack during our preparations for this tournament. I think one of the main elements is that our strikers are willing to take that extra risk in the circle knowing well enough that the defenders will support them if by chance they lose the ball. I think this change in attitude made them play freely in the first two matches and defending well was our priority,” said Chief Coach Harendra Singh in retrospect.