India drew with Japan 1-1 in the first Test of the four match hockey Test series at Kalinga Stadium at Bhuvneshwar on Sunday night. It was not a great performance by the Indian team who was held by a lowly ranked Japan side and needs to play well in the upcoming matches of the series.
In the first quarter Japan made a great start to the match by attacking the Indian half but were not able to convert chances into goal. There were plenty of efforts from both the teams but neither could not convert. At the end of first quarter it was 0-0.
In the second quarter Japan started well again. In the 6th minute on of their forward player scored to give the visitors 1-0 lead. India did try to level the things but was not able to do it. At the end of second quarter it was 1-0 in favor of Japan.
In the 3rd quarter India began off to good start attacking from the word go but were not able to take chances at the right moment. In 11.22 minutes India’s Dharamvir hit a shot but was well wide off the goal post. In 13.27 minutes India earned their first penalty corner and was converted by VR Ragunath to level the score at 1-1.
In the last quarter India earned their second penalty corner in 5.40 minutes but was well wide off the goal post. In 7.55 minutes India made a positive move by penetrating into circle ,did not get touch of the player at goal post. In 9.55 minutes India’s Dharamvir hit a reverse flick shot but was well saved by the Japanese goalkeeper. Both the teams tried at goals but did not succeed. At the end of the 4th quarter it was 1-1.
The second Test will be played on the 5th May.