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India and Australia play for a 0-0 draw at the Hawke’s Bay Cup

Hastings (New Zealand), 14 April 2015: The game between India and Australia was an intense game as both teams tried to score in entire game. But came out clearly was the string defence of both the teams who ensured that the opponents did not get a chance to reach the nets. What came out positively was the defence of the Indians and the Indian goalie who saved on a numerous occasion leaving the Australians frustrated. The match was drawn 0-0 at the end of the exciting clash.
The Indian women team showed good defensive skills in the first quarters they kept the attack of the opponents at bay. Getting a penalty corner, Australia was looking at the initial goal but the alert defence of India cleared the danger. Just two seconds left in the first quarter Australia had another go at the penalty corner but again was saved brilliantly by the Indian goalie and with this the first quarter scores stood at 0-0 with both teams yet to open their account.
The second quarter was again a similar story with India showcasing good defence and thwarting all chances for the opponents to score. Into the second quarter Anuradha Thockchom entered the D of Australia and had a chance to score but was brought down by the defence resulting in a penalty stroke for India. But the goalie for Australia saved and India lost on the opportunity to open the scores. While both the teams continued looking for chances to score but missed capitalising as the defence proved to be stronger. At the end of first half the scores still remained to be opened.
India got their first penalty corner in the third quarter but missed to encash the opportunity. The quarter again resulted in a dry run with both teams still looking at opening their goal score. Immediately into the last quarter Australia attacked and was on the verge of scoring when the Indian goalie saved on the line leaving the opponents stunned. The last session being the deciding, both teams increased their tempo of attack as they looked for the lead and the winning goal. But with goals scored yet again the match was drawn 0-0.

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