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FIH Pro League: Indian men’s hockey team suffers 1-3 loss against Great Britain

India’s loss at the hands of the home team came just a day after their stunning 3-0 victory over world champions Germany, highlighting their inconsistency when it comes to challenging some of the world’s top sides.
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The Indian men’s hockey team suffered a 1-3 defeat at the hands of hosts Great Britain in its second match in the London leg of the FIH Pro League on Sunday.

India’s loss at the hands of the home team came just a day after their stunning 3-0 victory over world champions Germany, highlighting their inconsistency when it comes to challenging some of the world’s top sides.

Bandurak Nicholas led the way for Britain with a brace, scoring field goals in the 2nd and in the 11th minute of the contest while Calnan Will (47’) fired their third goal in the final quarter.

Nick Bandurak scored a brace (2nd and 11th minute), both field goals, while Will Calnan struck the other goal for GBR in the 47th minute.

Abhishek was India’s lone goal-scorer in the contest, scoring a field goal in the 35th minute that had halved India’s deficit at the time.

Neither India nor Britain could convert any of their Penalty Corners into goals, with the Indians winning eight of them compared to five for GBR.

India are ranked third in FIH chart, a rung above Britain.

Backed by a boisterous home crowd, Britain came up with a high-voltage performance backed by a pacy attack. They were quick to put India on the backfoot.

It was a fine counterattack that set-up Bandurak’s goal in the second minute, making India scurry to recover. Both teams used every opportunity to attack in the following minutes.

To add to India’s woes, Bandurak scored again in the 11th minute. Only minutes earlier, India had won their first PC but couldn’t make much of the chance with Harmanpreet Singh’s drag-flick missing the target.

Going into the second quarter with a 0-2 deficit, India’s search for an opening goal continued. They showed intent by controlling the possession while Hardik Singh and Mandeep made late charges in the circle. Abhishek too stood out in the forward line but they could come up with a successful pursuit on goal.

Coming into the third quarter after a 10-minute half time break, India looked for ways to halt Great Britain’s high-intensity game. Minutes into the third quarter, Hardik launched a counterattack to make a circle entry but no real chance came from it.

In the following minute, Abhishek finally brought some respite to the Indian side with a brilliant reverse-hit goal in the 35th minute. He did well with good stick work to receive the long pass from the midfield and found the target.

Carrying on the momentum, Abhishek helped India win a PC in the next minute. But Harmanpreet’s shot missed the target.

The following minutes saw India control the game while goalkeeper PR Sreejesh kept the goal deficit narrow with some fine saves. The final moments of an intense third quarter saw both teams trading PCs but neither could score.

However, Great Britain came up with a brilliant finish as they extended the lead in the 47th minute via Calnan.

Though India challenged the goal through a video referral, the third umpire ruled against the visiting side’s appeal. There were a couple of PCs awarded to India but none were successful.

India will play Germany on June 8 in their next match here.

With PTI inputs