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FIH Pro League: 4th victory on the trot for India

PR Sreejesh starred in shootout which India won 4-3 to notch up their fourth win at Birsa Munda Stadium

PTI Rourkela Published 16.03.23, 04:04 AM
PR Sreejesh in a celebratory mood on Wednesday

PR Sreejesh in a celebratory mood on Wednesday Picture courtesy Hockey India

India beat Australia for the second time in three days as the home side triumphed in the penalty shootout in the second leg match of the FIH Pro League here on Wednesday. The teams were tied 2-2 during regulation time.

Veteran goal-keeper PR Sreejesh starred in the shootout which India won 4-3 to notch up their fourth win on the trot at the Birsa Munda Stadium. The win cemented India’s top position in the standings which they had achieved on Monday.

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Vivek Sagar Prasad (2nd minute) and Sukhjeet Singh (47th) scored for India in the regulation time, while Nathan Ephraums (37th and 52nd) struck twice for Australia.

In the shootout, captain Harmanpreet Singh, Sukhjeet and Dilpreet Singh scored as India ended their home campaign in style.

India had won both the double-legged matches against world champions Germany 3-2 and 6-3 while they had beaten world No. 4 Australia 5-4 in the first leg match on Sunday.

With scores levelled at 2-2 at the end of regulation time, both teams went into a tense shootout. Experienced goalkeeper Sreejesh not only made some fine saves but also took a crucial referral that saved the day for India and even won the extra point for his team.

India will resume their FIH Pro League matches in May when they travel to Europe.

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