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India downs Australia, clinches hockey series 3-1

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The Indian men’s hockey team delivered a fantastic performance to defeat World Champions Australia 3-1 to win their third successive match and clinch the four-match Test series 3-1 at the Perth Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

India opened the first quarter with all strength and dynamism, as a result of which the initial goal came in the 13th minute from the stick of Akashdeep Singh, who perfectly converted a penalty corner.

A couple of penalty corners were awarded to both teams in the second quarter but no one succeeded in materialising the opportunity. When the whistle blew for half-time, the scoreboard displayed 1-0 in favour of the visitors.

However, Australia made a comeback in the third quarter as Thomas Craig converted a penalty corner (36th minute) to level the scores 1-1.

The game strengthened after the equaliser as both teams looked for creating chances. In the final quarter, it was Akashdeep again who scored a stunning field goal (50th). In no time S.K. Uthappa faultlessly scored another field goal (53rd) to put India 3-1 ahead.

In the dying minutes, Australia tried desperately to put the ball in the net but Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh’s brilliant saves held them from scoring.

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