After two convincing wins over Pakistan (4-0) and Argentina (2-), PR Sreejesh’s men finally tasted defeat to World Champions Australia by a narrow 2-3 margin. As they get ready to take on Belgium, they will look to enter the knockouts on a confident note. Against Australia what we saw was that India made a mess of the penalty corners they got considering they are a team that thrives in such situations. One can attribute that to the dry pitch, not only India but even Australia found it hard to take those flicks. Also Read - Hockey - Improved India Has Potential to Break Olympic Medal Jinx in Tokyo: Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh
Indians under the tutelage of coach Harendra Singh will look to erase the memories of their loss to Australia as they take on a formidable Belgium outfit. Also Read - PR Sreejesh Reveals His Favourite IPL Team, Says I Like MS Dhoni, so I'll go With Chennai Super Kings
It was Lachlan Sharp who broke the deadlock for World Champions Australia just six minutes after the opening hooter but India came back strongly and found an equalizer in the 11th minute. Indian captain PR Sreejesh was at his best at the goal, saving India many times when it looked like a goal was inevitable.
Belgium on the other hand, started their campaign against Australia where they earned a draw, but then they were thrashed by hosts Netherlands 6-1. Belgium then played out a 1-1 draw against Argentina.
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Event: FIH Men’s Champions Trophy
Venue: Breda, Holland
Date: 28 June 2018
Time: 8:30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST)
Telecast: Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1
Live Streaming: Hotstar
Live Scores: India.com
India are currently at the second place in the points table with Netherlands and the match will be crucial for Harendra’s boys in their race for a place in the final.