JOHOR (Malaysia): India’s junior men’s hockey team will face Australia in the Sultan of Johor Cup final on Saturday after finishing second in the round robin.
India played out a thrilling 5-5 draw against Great Britain in their last league game on Friday to pick up eight points from five games and finish second behind Australia (13 points from five games).
Poovanna CB (7th minute), Amandeep (50th), Araijeet Singh Hundal (53rd) and Sharda Nand Tiwari (56th, 58th) scored for India while Great Britain netted through Max anderson (1st, 40th), Harrison Stone (42nd) and Jami Golden (54th, 56th).
Australia beat South Africa 6-1 in their final round-robin league game on Friday.
Great Britain and Japan finished their campaigns with seven points each while South Africa picked up six. Hosts Malaysia finished bottom of the six-team table with one point.
South Africa could have qualified for the final if they had won against Australia, but the title favorites Kookaburras were too strong for them.
Britain came out of the blocks quicker than India, with Anderson scoring the first goal of the game early on. A few minutes later, India also got on the scoreboard, with midfielder Poovanna finding the back of the net.
The fast-paced and evenly contested first quarter ended 1-1.
The second quarter saw the two teams continue to play against each other game for game, with neither allowing the other to fight their way through. The match, which is a repeat of the final of the 2018 and 2019 editions, entered the half-time break with Great Britain and India at 1-1.
It was India who had their eye on goal in the third quarter, when they earned a 32nd-minute corner kick but failed to convert. Great Britain took the lead five minutes before the end of the quarter as Anderson scored his second goal of the game.
Minutes later, Harrison Stone added another for Great Britain as they took control of the game, finishing the third quarter 3-1 ahead.
India needed a solid last quarter and started on the right foot. Five minutes later, India halved the deficit as Amandeep got on the scoresheet.
Soon after, the contest was back to level with Araijeet Singh Hundal scored India’s third goal.
Great Britain, however, kicked into high gear in the following minutes, with Jami Golden finding the target in quick succession in the 54th and 56th minute to restore the two-goal advantage.
Sharda Nand Tiwari’s corner (56th) brought India back into the game. Minutes later, Tiwari converted another penalty corner, leveling the scores at 5-5. Neither team could find a winner and walked away with one point each.

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