India Loses Fifth Test 2-3 After Being Whitewashed 0–5 in Australia

The Indian men’s hockey team ended a horrendous tour in Perth on Saturday, losing 2-3 in the fifth Test against Australia and failing to save a 0-5 series thumping.

The Indian men’s hockey team ended a horrendous tour in Perth on Saturday, losing 2-3 in the fifth Test against Australia and failing to save a 0-5 series thumping. The Indians had lost their first four games of the series, 1-5, 2-4, 1-2, and 1-3, going into the decisive game. In terms of getting ready for the forthcoming Olympics in Paris, the rubber was important. India’s goal scorers were skipper Harmanpreet Singh (4th) and Boby Singh Dhami (53rd), while Australia’s scorers were Jeremy Hayward (20th), Ky Willott (38th), and Tim Brand (39th).

The Indians entered the game intending to assault. In the Australian half, Jugraj Singh attempted a long pass to Jarmanpreet Singh but the ball did not find its way to the forward line.

With his third goal of the series, Harmanpreet’s penalty corner strike gave India the lead in the fourth minute.

In the twentieth minute, Hayward, who scored his eighth goal of the series from a set piece, gave Australia an equalizer.

Suraj Karkera, India’s backup goalkeeper, had a great stop to stop Nathan Ephraums.

Australia won a penalty corner just before the interval, but Suraj Karkera saved India’s blushes with a superb save with his right leg, stopping Hayward.

Following the change of ends, India got off to a quick start and were awarded a penalty in the 37th minute, but Harmanpreet’s flick went wide.

A minute later, Willot gave the Kookaburras the lead again, shocking the visitors when he diverted a pass from Nathan Ephraums that was inch-perfect in front of Indian goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak.

Australia furthered their humiliation of India by taking the lead through an unmarked Brand, who scored after being assisted by Eddie Ockenden.

Though Amit Rohidas’ attempt went wide in the 42nd minute, the Indians had opportunities and were awarded another penalty corner.

Although the Indians played excellent defense, the hosts also had two more penalty corners.

In the last quarter, India intended to make a statement and put pressure on Australia’s defence.

Seven minutes after the whistle, Dhami’s maiden goal for his country was scored with a reverse hit that went past Andrew Charter, rewarding their efforts. Though the visitors pressed hard, the Australian defence didn’t make any more blunders, so it was all India could muster.

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