The World No.1 Australia put India out of contention for a place in the Final as they beat the Sardar Singh-led squad 4-2 in their third round-robin match here at the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 on Tuesday. Late goals by Ramandeep Singh (52′, 53′) were simply not enough to defeat table toppers Australia. It was goals by Mark Knowles (28′), Aran Zalewski (35′), Daniel Beale (38′) and Blake Govers (40′) that ensured Australia remain unbeaten.
It was a must-win match for India and their intent to win was evident right from the start as they attacked the Australian circle constantly. With better ball possession in the first quarter, India created three potential chances to score but could not materialize. A golden opportunity was lost when a swift assist from Ramandeep Singh to Shilanand Lakra could not make it past Australian goalkeeper Andrew Charter in the 8th minute. Though the rebound was taken by Sumit, his shot on goal went wide thus missing out on an opportunity for an early 1-0 lead.