Indian womens hockey team lose their final match against Australia 1-2

News Agencies | First published: 27 November 2016, 16:26 IST

The Indian women hockey team, on 27 November ended their Australian tour with a 1-3 defeat in the third and final match as they lost the series 1-2 at the State Netball & Hockey Centre.

With the series level at one game apiece, India put their best foot forward early on, as Nikki Pradhan, Deep Grace Ekka, and goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu successfully foiled attempts by the Australians to keep the score line at 0-0 going into the second quarter.

The Indian women were quick to strike in the second quarter, as Deepika and Rani combined to display some remarkable stick work, allowing Vandana Katariya to get an easy deflection into the goal in the 17th minute.

Deepika was in action again, preventing Kalindi Commerford from scoring Australia's first goal. An unfortunate on-field collision moments later resulted in Captain Vandana being ruled out for the remainder of the game.

India maintained their 1-0 lead going into halftime as the Hockeyroos could not convert three successive penalty corners.

The Indian women earned four successive penalty corners in the third quarter but were unable to convert any even as Nikki and goalkeeper Etimarpu were kept busy by the Australian frontline.

India had a bit of luck soon after as a powerful strike by Commerford ricocheted off the goalpost followed by an agile save from Etimarpu to prevent a deflection from sneaking past her.