India to take on Australia in Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament

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Australian player Aran Zalewski (second left) trying to keep the ball in control against the Irish players Jonathan Bell ( right ) and Shane O'donoghue during Sultan Azlan Shah Cup match at Stadium Azlan Shah, Ipoh, March 7, 2018.

The match will begin at 3.30 p.m.

India scored through Shilanand Lakra (10th minute), Gurjant Singh (42nd, 57th), Sumit Kumar (48th) and Ramandeep Singh (51st) to register their first full three points in the tournament and keep themselves afloat.

A David Condon penalty corner kept England's hopes of making the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final alive with a 1-1 draw against Argentina.

Even in defeats to Argentina and Australia, India never stopped attacking, and it was the defensive holes that leaked goals and the results favouring their opposition. The following minutes saw Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera stay busy at the post as he made some brilliant saves. India did well with their attack, while defence stuck to their task.

Malaysia still has a chance of reaching the final if they can beat England tomorrow, and if Argentina loses to Australia.

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Meanwhile Australia maintained their 100 per cent record in the tournament as they lead the standings with nine points.

However, in the fourth quarter, India upped the ante and smashed four goals to take the game away. Conceding a penalty corner, three minutes into the third quarter, didn't help its cause as Saari was bang on target to score past Karkera to draw level in the 33rd minute.

Thereafter, India pushed hard and got two goals through Ramandeep Singh, one push getting deflected off Jeremy Edwards stick into goal and then a lovely reverse stick strike giving India their 2nd goal as scores were cut to 2-4.

But try as they might, the world No. 2 Argentina just couldn't break down a spirited Malaysian side skippered by Razie Rahim.

It was Ramandeep Singh who did well as a feeder when he brilliantly assisted Sumit Kumar who scored India's third goal in the 48th minute.

Captain Mark Knowles scored the opening goal for the Kookaburras.

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