In the first game of the tour, the Indian hockey team loses 1-5 to Australia.

The goals for the hosts came from Tim Brand (3′), Tom Wickham (20′, 38′), Joel Rintala (37′), and Flynn Ogilvie (57′). Gurjant Singh (47′) scored the only goal for India.

In the first encounter of the five-match Test series, the Indian hockey team lost 1–5 to Australia. The goals for the hosts came from Tim Brand (3′), Tom Wickham (20′, 38′), Joel Rintala (37′), and Flynn Ogilvie (57′). Gurjant Singh (47′) scored the only goal for India. India started the first quarter with a plan focused on controlling the ball and setting the pace of the game. But in spite of everything they did, Australia took the lead early in the game.

Australia took the lead when Tim Brand (3′) quickly counterattacked and found the back of the net, breaking through India’s defense. India increased their aggressive maneuvers in response to the defeat, putting more pressure on the hosts. Australia, for their part, increased their onslaught and was awarded two straight penalty corners. However, Australia tried to extend their lead, but India’s PR Sreejesh made two spectacular saves to foil their efforts.

The Indian squad, meantime, broke through Australia’s defense and even earned a penalty corner, but they were unable to take use of it. At the completion of the first quarter, Australia led 1-0.

India took an aggressive stance to begin the second quarter and made a determined effort to even the score. They were awarded an early penalty corner opportunity, but they failed to take use of it. However, the home team persisted in their attack, which it paid off when Tom Wickham (20′) produced an incredible run of goals to effectively double Australia’s lead.

After they had successfully extended their lead, the hosts turned their attention to holding onto the ball, which essentially stopped India’s attack. Australia was well in control of the match as the halftime whistle blew, leading 2-0.

Australia consistently put pressure on India in the third quarter by pressuring them and periodically testing their defense. Their unwavering strategy paid off as they quickly added two more goals to their total. Both Joel Rintala (37′) and Tom Wickham (38′) took advantage of the openings and quickly extended Australia’s lead to 4-0.

Australia gained an early penalty corner in the fourth and final quarter, however the Indian team not only stopped the hosts from scoring from it but also struck back on a counterattack when Gurjant Singh (47′) scored a goal with a strong shot. Nevertheless, Flynn Ogilvie (57′) scored through a penalty corner to help the hosts win 5-1, regaining Australia’s four-goal advantage.

On April 7, 2024, at 14:00 IST, the team will play their second match of the tour against Australia.

The entirety of the India-Australia tour’s matches will air on Sports18-3 and Sports18-1 HD. Jio Cinema will also provide live streaming of the matches.

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