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International Festival of Hockey 2016: India vs Australia live commentary

India 2-3 Australia, FULL TIME
Updated: 23 November 2016 16:15 IST - Published: 23 November 2016 14:26 IST
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That's it from us. Join us again tomorrow at 12:30 pm when India take on Malaysia.

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IND will be at the bottom of the table after DAY 1 action after New Zealand and Malaysia played out a draw.

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And that's it. IND loses the first game.

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1 min remaining now. AUS killing time and takes into the corner.

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2 minutes remaining in the game.

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IND moving the ball around. And Rupinder's slap in to the box is wide.

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A slap forward from Rupinder Pal Singh. But Talwinder misses it completely.

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4 minutes to go and India desperately looking for a goal.

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IND has the possession and looking for the equaliser.

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6 minutes to go.

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IND back in the game. Rupinder Pal Singh with his second.

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AND GOAL!!

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PC for IND

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But that was a great challenge from Sardar and an equally brilliant save from Chikte who dove backwards like David Seaman to pull out a brilliant save.

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Raghunath with an awful error at the back and should have been punished for it. 

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WHAT A SAVE! Chikte turns into Superman.

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India on the counter. Great skills from Talwinder but Affan Yousuf at the end of it fails to get a shot off on the reverse.

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However, Hayward hits it wide this time.

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Another PC for AUS. But unfortunate. It hit the foot of the Australian player.

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Australia's high pressing game have got India scurrying.

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We are underway in the fourth quarter.

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The win in the ACT would have given them a huge lift. But that now seems to be in the past.

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This is going to be such a big blow for India who have the strongest side in the competition as others have opted to experiment.

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And that's it. 3rd quarter comes to an end.

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Sardar Singh now has to go. Green card shown to the talisman. IND now down to 10 in the closing minutes.

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1 minute remaining in the 3rd. IND need to respond soon. Or else this one is a goner.

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Deflection took the ball up, which was saved by Chikte. But Trent Mitten first to the ball and smashes it home from an acute angle.

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This is getting disappointing.

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And AUS score again. 

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2 from 2 so far from PC.

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Great chance for Australia. Chikte however did great to close down but the result is PC.

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Surender Kumar smashes one high. And that was as dangerous as it gets. Everyone had to take evasive actions.

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4  minutes to go in the 3rd quarter.

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IND have to spring into action. High pressure from Australia and that is paying dividends.

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Trent Mitten nearly makes IND pay again. Stolen and another shot on goal. But over the goal.

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IND unlucky there. Could have had a PC pf their own. But no referrals here.

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And every time Chikte makes anything near a small mistake, we are reminded of Sreejesh's absence.

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Probably should have been saved. But Hayward won't mind. 2 for Hayward and 2 for AUS.

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And it's 2 from 2. Australia take the lead.

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Another big test for Chikte in goal.

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AUS have scored 1 from 1 so far.

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Good pressure from the Australians. And that has led to a PC yet again!

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5 minutes have flown by and nothing doing from either of the teams.

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India have to look to get the players like Affan Yousuf, Akashdeep and Amir Khan a lot on the ball.

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We are back underway here.

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And there it is. End of first half. All square here. All to play for in the second 30 minutes.

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Attack by the Australians. Hits the post and goes out.

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Affan Yousuf with the chance again. But crowded out.

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Pollard and Dawson collide and the give India a good chance.

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2 minutes remaining in the first half.