IPOH – Defending champion Australia moved to the top of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup table with seven points after coming from behind to beat India 3-1 at the Azlan Shah Stadium, here today and maintain their unbeaten record in the competition.
India got off to a splendid start, thwarting the attacking play of the Aussies and in fact took the lead through lethal ‘flicker’ Harmanpreet Singh in the 25th minute but though Roelant Oltmans’ charges held on to the lead on the stroke of the first half break, Australia came charging to score the equaliser seconds before the first half hooter through Eddie Okenden.
The Aussies were in command from the start of the second half, giving India little room to exploit.
The tournament’s leading scorer Tom Craig made it 2-1 before Tom Wickham sealed the victory in the 51st minute.
In an earlier match, New Zealand who are also known as ‘Black Sticks’ came from behind to edge Japan 3-2 and keep their hopes alive.
The Japanese squad coached by Takahiko Yamabori took the lead in the 9th minute through Shota Yamada but Russel Kane made it 1-1 in the 18th minute.
Two minutes after the break, Kane put New Zealand in the lead while Lane Sam made it 3-1 before Yamada again found the target in the 50th minute. – BERNAMA