India Suffer 0-5 Whitewash In Australia, Lose Fifth Test 2-3


The Indian men's hockey team failed to avoid a 0-5 whitewash in the series after going down 2-3 in the fifth Test against Australia and a tour nightmare came to an end in Perth on Saturday. The Indians entered the final game of the series having lost their previous four matches by 1–5, 2–4, 1–2 and 1–3. This rubber was important as far as preparation before the upcoming Paris Olympics is concerned. Captain Harmanpreet Singh (4th) and Bobby Singh Dhami (53rd) were the goal scorers for India, while Jeremy Hayward (20th), Kay Willott (38th) and Tim Brand (39th) scored for Australia.

The Indians started the game with an aggressive mindset. Jugraj Singh bowled the ball to Jarmanpreet Singh in the Australian half but failed to connect with the forward line.

India took the lead in the fourth minute through Harmanpreet's penalty corner goal and registered her third goal of the series.

Australia equalized in the 20th minute through Hayward, who scored his seventh goal of the series from a set piece.

India's reserve custodian Suraj Karkera made a good save to deny Nathan Ephraims.

Seconds before half-time, Australia were awarded a penalty corner, but Suraj Karkera made a brilliant save with his right foot to deny Hayward to keep India in the lead.

India got off to a great start after the change of ends and won a penalty in the 37th minute but Harmanpreet's flick missed the target.

The Kookaburras once again stunned the visitors by taking the lead a minute later through Willott, who headed the ball past Indian goalkeeper Krishna Bahadur Pathak from Nathan Ephraims' inch-perfect pass.

Australia added salt to India's wounds by taking the lead through an unknown brand, who scored off an assist from Eddie Ockenden.

The Indians had chances and earned another penalty corner in the 42nd minute but Amit Rohidas' shot missed.

The hosts also got two more penalty corners but the Indians defended well.

India were on task and looked to put pressure on the Australian defense in the final quarter.

His efforts were successful when Dhami scored his first international goal with a reverse hit past Andrew Charter seven minutes before the hooter. But that was all India could manage as the Australian defense made no further mistakes even though the visitors played hard.

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