JOHOR BAHRU (Malaysia): Two-time champions India beat Australia 5-4 in a fierce penalty shootout to recover the Sultan of Johor Cup crown, breaking their five-year title curse on Saturday.
The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation time in the title encounter.
In the shootout, both teams finished 3-3, forcing the match to a sudden death.
Uttam Singh scored twice in the shootout, including in sudden death, while Vishnukant Singh, Ankit Pal, Sudeep Chirmako also rang the board for India.
For Australia, Burns Cooper, Foster Embroidered, Joshua Brooks and Hart Liam put their names on the scoresheet.
It was Sudeep, who drew the blood when he scored a basket in the 13th minute, but jack hollad produced the equalizer in the 28th minute as both teams finished regulation time at 1-1.
The Indians have won the age group tournament twice – 2013 and 2014 – and finished runners-up four times in 2012, 2015, 2018 and the last edition of the event in 2019.
The tournament did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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