India entered into the finals with a thumping win over Australia in Sultan Johor Cup 2014 by a scoreline of 6-2. They will meet Great Britain in the finals.
The Indians scored 2 goals quickly in the first few minutes to take a 2-0 lead. The first goal was scored by Harmanpreet Singh in the 5th minute through a penalty corner. The goals kept coming for India regularly. India scored the 3rd goal through Simranjeet Singh diving in front of the goal. There was no respite for the Australian as India smashed the 4th goal in the 27th minute through Pawan Kumar.
The Australian team scored their first goal as Brendon Corner smashed into the goal a penalty corner. Soon after, the Indians hit back with their 5th goal. India was awarded a penalty stroke, as a penalty corner was defaulted by the defender. It was easily converted into a goal by Harmanpreet Singh. The Indians went into the half time break with comfortable 5-1 lead.
After the break the Indians scored another goal. A penalty corner was converted into the sixth goal by Harmanpreet again. This was his 3rd goal of the match. In the 2nd half the Indians did not play as aggressively to score goals, instead played out the game at a lower tempo. The Indians created a lot of chances though but failed to convert goals into chances. In the 64th minute, the Australian team earned a penalty corner which was converted into their second goal of the match.
India now face England in the finals. The England team has won all the league matches in the tournament and has defeated India in the league match 2-0. The Indians have the potential to win the title. They have to repeat their performance with much better second half aggression.
Harmanpreet Singh is the highest goal scorer with 7 goals in the tournament. Let’s hope that India can defend their title. Some of the young players like Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar can impress the selection committee and stake a claim in the Indian senior team.