Interestingly, India came from an objective down to beat Australia 4-2 through a shootout in an exciting challenge and enter the final of the men’s Junior Hockey World Cup after a break of 15 years in front of a stuffed Major Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium here today.
India, who last won the Junior World Cup in 2001 in Hobart, are determined to recover the title and will confront Belgium in the final conflict on Sunday.
The hosts scored two dexterous field goals in the second half through Gurjant Singh (42nd moment) and Mandeep Singh (48th) after Australia led the pack through Tom Craig (fourteenth).
But, exactly when the time had come to finish off the game, the Indian defense yielded a delicate goal and Lachlan Sharp (57th) drew level for Australia to take the match into shoot-out after both the groups were bolted at 2-2 toward the end of control time.
In the shoot-out, goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya rose to the event and made two awesome recoveries to deny Australia’s Matthew Bird and Sharp.
The Indians, then again, were clinical in the shoot-out with Captain Harjeet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Sumit and Manpreet (Jr) finding the back of the net past the Australian custodian. Prior today, India’s final opponents Belgium paralyzed six-time champions and title holders Germany 4-3 in the shootout in the primary elimination round to enter the competition final surprisingly.
In the second elimination round, India had the better share of ownership in the opening half yet it was Australia who used their odds.It appeared Australia took a prompt from the Spaniards as they hardly gave any space to the Indians, depending mainly on man to man marking. In the 32nd moment, Varun Kumar discovered Vikramjit Singh inside the circle however the last’s shot went straight to Australian goalkeeper Ashleigh Thomas’ cushions.
The hosts had their best chance of the opening half in the next moment when Varun’s long scoop from deep discovered Simranjeet Singh unmarked inside the hover after an Australian defender fumbled, but the striker pushed wide with only the rival defender to beat.
Junior Indian Hockey team on his way to create the history after 15 years, and will face the Belgium in the final conflict on Sunday.
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We also congratulate our Nations Gems for this big Victory and give our best wishes for the final.