India has drawn the match with Australia 2-2 in the first Test of the three-match Test series at Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh earlier today. The Indian team played some excellent hockey in the match, but Australia scored a last minute goal to equalize the score at 2-2.
In the first quarter, both teams played good hockey. In the 9th minute, the Indian team lost possession and Australia took the advantage as Wotherspoon scored the goal to give Australia a 1-0 lead. In the 13th minute, India earned a penalty corner and Rupinder Pal Singh hit the shot well wide off the goal post. In the last 15 seconds of the first period, India missed a chance of a field goal as Akashdeep’s hit was well saved by the Australian goalkeeper. At the end of first quarter Australia led 1-0.
In the second quarter Australia missed a chance of scoring a goal in the 6th minute. In the 10th and 11th minute, Australia got chances of scoring a goal. The first one was well saved by Harjot Singh and next one was hit wide off the goal post. In the 13th minute, India got its first penalty corner of the quarter and Raghunath dragged the shot and equaled the score 1-1. In the next minute, Sunil hit the shot well wide in the “D”. At the end of the 2nd quarter, the score was equal at 1-1.
In the 3rd quarter, India got the first chance of scoring in the 2nd minute but were not able to score. India got another chance in the 7th minute, but that too was wasted. The best scene part was when Akashdeep entered in the right corner of the“D” and could not find anybody at the other side to give a pass, but was clever enough to dodge for a while and then forced Australian goalkeeper to tap the ball and earned a penalty corner. The result was the 13th-minute penalty corner that was converted into a goal by Ragunath to give India a 2-1 lead. At the end of 3rd quarter, India led 2-1.
In the 4th quarter Australia missed a chance in the 2nd minute. Soon after India earned a penalty corner in the 5th minute but the shot was hit well wide off the goalpost. In the 9th minute, India got another chance, but that shot was well saved by the Australian goalkeeper. In the 13th minute, Australia earned 2 successive penalty corners. The second penalty corner was converted by Cirello to equal the score at 2-2. Australia earned one more penalty corner, but the shot was deflected by the goalkeeper wide off the goalpost. At the end of the 4th quarter, the score was equal at 2-2.
In summary, Australia had more circle penetrations – 15 as against 12 of India. They also had more hits on the target of 13 against 8, Indian converted 2 out of 5 penalty corner as against 1 of 3 by Australia. It was a close fight between these two top teams.
The second match will be held on the same venue on Sunday 22 November 2015.