India beaten again in
India went out of the reckoning in the four-nation Rabobank Classic hockey tournament after crashing 1-3 to Australia in Amsterdam on Saturday.
With their second consecutive defeat, after losing 2-5
to Holland in the opener on Thursday, India are now out of
the race for a top two finish while Australia, who played a 2-2
draw with Korea in their first match, hang in hoping to
play in the final.
The Aussies were first off the blocks and Andrew Smith
had a clear chance in the fourth minute but Indian goalkeeper
Devesh Chauhan used his pads to bring off a smart save.
The Indians regrouped in midfield and gained possession but a superb move by Dhanraj
Pillay and Prabhjot Singh was wasted by the latter.
Four minutes later, in the 15th minute, India surged
ahead through Prabhjot Singh.
Australia fought back and a few minutes later drew level, with Andrew
Smith rounding off a smart move to find the net.
The lead could have come India's way again in the 52nd minute
but Prabhjot's shot hit the Aussie goalkeeper on the chest.
Looking for a goal, the Indian defence started moving forward. But that resulted in gaps at the back which was taken
advantage off by Jamie Dwyer.
In the 66th minute, another defensive lapse led to the third goal and the second for Andrew Smith, whose move with
Mike McCann saw Devesh Chauhan beaten by the shot.