After a dominating 5-2 win on Saturday to kick-start their FIH Pro League 2020 campaign against World No. 3 the Netherlands, hosts India had to dig deep on Sunday in the second game and come back from behind to draw the match 3-3 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar. They then prevailed in the shootout to win the second leg of the two-match rubber.
Netherlands’ Weerden Mink opened the scoring in the 24th-minute of the game with a penalty corner. India equalised a minute later when Lalit Upadhyay found the back of the net.
A minute later the Netherlands took the lead again with Hertzberger’s field goal. Soon after that, Kellerman sounded the board giving his team a two-goal cushion.
An action-packed second quarter followed but at the half-time, the scoreline read 3-1 in favour of the visitors who looked well and truly in command of the game.
The third quarter went goalless.
In the final quarter, hosts India went for an all-out attack strategy which worked wonders as they scored two goals thanks to Mandeep Singh and Rupinder Singh’s penalty corners in the 51st and 55th-minute respectively which helped India force a shootout.
For India, Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant and Prasad were on target.