Ace dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh scored a hat-trick because the Indian males’s hockey workforce eked out a slender 4-3 win over England within the second match of the double-leg FIH Professional League tie right here on Sunday.
Harmanpreet (twenty sixth, twenty sixth, forty third) sounded the board thrice whereas Olympic bronze medal-winning skipper Manpreet Singh (fifteenth) scored a aim to assist India prolong their lead on the prime of the standings.
England’s targets got here from the sticks of Liam Sanford (seventh), David Condon (thirty ninth) and Sam Ward (forty fourth).
Curiously, all of the seven targets within the match have been scored from penalty nook alternatives.
England had the higher share of possession within the match, however it was India who had the final chuckle.
India transformed 4 of the eight penalty corners they secured within the match, whereas England scored from three of their six quick corners.
Regardless of inferior ball possession, India had extra circle penetrations. The hosts penetrated England’s circle 24 instances as towards their rivals’ 17.
By way of photographs on aim, India have been the higher aspect as they hit their rival aim 10 instances, whereas England had simply 5 photographs on the house workforce’s citadel.
After conceding an early aim, India bounced again quickly and equalised on the stroke of the primary quarter by Manpreet.
Harmanpreet scored two targets in succession within the twenty sixth minute to enter the breather with a snug 3-1 lead.
England did take pleasure in possession however it was India who managed the proceedings with extra circle penetrations and penalty corners within the first two quarters.
The Indians continued to play excessive stress hockey after the change of ends however didn’t make any additional inroads.
England pulled a aim again within the thirty ninth minute by a penalty nook conversion by Condon earlier than Harmanpreet scored his second aim of the day with a low dragflick to the best of the English goalkeeper James Mazarelo to make it 4-2 in favour of India.
A minute later England diminished the margin when Ward scored from a set piece, in what has been an exhibition of penalty nook conversions.
Down by a aim, a determined England got here all out attacking within the ultimate quarter and created a couple of openings however didn’t breach the Indian defence.
4 minutes from the ultimate hooter, England pulled out their goalkeeper Mazarelo for an additional participant however the Indians held agency to pocket full three factors from the match.
By advantage of this win, India are sitting fairly on the prime of the standings with 21 factors from 10 video games, whereas England continued to reel on the seventh spot with seven factors from six video games.
The Indians had earlier defeated England 3-2 in shoot-out after they completed tied at 3-3 within the first recreation of the tie on Saturday to pocket a bonus level.