Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: India go down fighting against Australia

02 May 2017 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - Updates!

Indian hockey team were handed their first defeat by Australia in the 2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament. Australia won the match 3-1.

After Harmanpreet Singh gave India a lead in the 26th minute, Australian team scored two back to back goals in 30th and 34th minute.

They extended the lead in the 51st minute, without giving India a chance to bounce back.

In context: 2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - Updates!

AboutSultan Azlan Shah Cup

The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is an international hockey tournament held annually in Malaysia at the Azlan Shah Stadium.

Initially held as a biennial event, the tournament became an annual thing in 1998.

Australia have won the tournament nine times, the most by any hockey playing nation.

Indian hockey team has lifted the cup four times and have shared the trophy once.

2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - Schedule!

The 26th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be held from 29 April to 06 May 2017. The tournament will see participation from India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain and Malaysia.
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Indian team at the Cup

2017Indian team at the Cup

India have won the championship four times in 1985, 1991, 1995 and 2009 and have shared the trophy with South Korea in 2010.

At the 26th edition of the tournament, the most successful Asian team will be led by goal-keeper PR Sreejesh.

India's only hurdle on their way to the championship will be Australia, against whom they lost the finals last year.

DetailsHow have India performed in the tournament till now?

India's opening match of the tournament with Great Britain ended in a 2-2 draw. India gave away their 2-1 lead in the 52nd minute in a rain-delayed game.

In the second match, India bounced back to register a 3-0 victory over New Zealand. Mandeep Singh scored one goal, while Harmanpreet Singh struck twice to tame the Black Sticks.

02 May 2017Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: India go down fighting against Australia

What's next for India?

India have two clashes remaining in the tournament. They will meet Japan on 03 May and will play the last pool match against Malaysia on 05 May.
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03 May 2017Hockey: Mandeep's hat-trick guides India to victory against Japan

Hat-trick hero Mandeep Singh guided India to a 4-3 victory against Japan in today's league match of 2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Mandeep scored goals for India in 45th, 51st and 58th minutes of the game to take India to the second spot in the points table.

Rupinder Pal Singh scored the first goal for India in the 8th minute.

05 May 2017Hockey: India lose to Malaysia; out of title race

India lost 0-1 to hosts Malaysia in the final pool match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India will now compete with New Zealand tomorrow for the third spot.

After having won their match against Japan, India put up a poor performance against Malaysia.

On the other hand, hosts showed amazing skills to stop India from scoring even a single goal.