Australia, ranked number one in the world defeated India by 4-3 in the second test to level the two-Test series in Bendigo, Victoria, here on Wednesday.
However, it was the Indians who draw the first blood courtesy a sixth minute goal by Akashdeep Singh. In the 13th minute Aussies drew level through Tent Mitton’s strike, as both teams ended the first quarter 1 – 1.
In the second quarter, V R Raghunath put India in lead again in the 22nd minute, only to conceed a goal in the next minute as Jake Whettyconverted a penalty corner. The action continued as captain Raghunath again put India back in lead within two minutes. India went into the half time leading by 3 goals to 2.
In the third quarter, Aussies again equalized for the third time in the match, when Jeremy Hayward sucessfully converted a penalty corner. As temper flared, 4 yellow card were issued (out of which 3 were to Indian player) in the 3rd quarter itself.
With the scores level at 3 – 3, the Kookaburras uped the ante in the final quarter. It was Jeremy Hayward’s late strike, just 6 min from hooter that ensured a 4 – 3 victory for the hosts.
AUSTRALIA 4 (Trent Mitton 13′, Jake Whetty 23′, Jeremy Hayward 38′, 54′) beat INDIA 3 (Akashdeep Singh 6′, VR Raghunath 22′ and 25′)