Having suffered their first loss in six years to India on Wednesday, the Australian hockey workforce got here out with vengeance to hammer India 5-1 within the fourth fit to clinch the five-Test collection 3-1 on the Mate Stadium in Adelaide on Saturday.
The international No 1 outfit put out a medical efficiency due to targets from Jeremy Hayward (twenty ninth, forty first), Jake Whetton (thirtieth), Tom Wickham (thirty fourth) and Matt Dawson (54th). For India, ahead Dilpreet Singh (twenty fifth) used to be the lone objective scorer.
“We began actually neatly. The first seven mins have been superb after which India got here again into the sport. We had some drive to care for and we handled it neatly defensively and held them out. Then we re-established our recreation so total I used to be actually happy. We have been significantly better with the ball nowadays. In Match 3 we have been just a little conservative and performed too slim, so we unfolded the sport nowadays,” said Australia head coach Colin Batch.
The home team showcased their defensive prowess, led by star goalkeeper Andrew Charter, who made some exceptional saves to keep India from scoring.
After no goals in the first quarter, India made the breakthrough in the 25th minute when Dilpreet put his skillset on display to fetch India the lead. The visitors could not hold on to it as four minutes later Australia responded with a goal. It was in-form Hayward, who converted a penalty corner. A minute later, they put another one in via Whetton to go ahead.
Even though India forwards made forays into the striking circle in the following two quarters, they could not breach the home team’s defence. To add to their woes, Australia pumped out goals at regular intervals, giving world No 5 India no room to bounce back.
Two goals in the third quarter via Wickham and Hayward further put India under the pump. The final quarter too saw Australia ride on the momentum to increase their lead to 5-1 from a penalty corner to end the game in their favour.
“Australia have been for sure a greater workforce nowadays. They performed defensively proper from the beginning and lets no longer capitalize at the lead via striking drive on them. As I had stated previous, this excursion has given us nice publicity and taking part in towards a high quality facet like Australia is all the time a finding out enjoy. We now know the spaces that we wish to additional paintings on forward of the World Cup,” expressed India captain Harmanpreet Singh.
The fifth and final game of the series will be played on Sunday. “We will try to leap again in the next day to come’s fit and glance to finish the excursion on a just right observe,” he signed off.