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Australia blank India 5-0 in tri-nation hockey tourney

Burnbury (Australia): After dominating for most part of the game, Australia blanked India 5-0 in the second leg match of the tri-nation tournament here. India though played good hockey, especially in the second half, the team`s forwards failed to move the board.

Kieran Govers set the pace for the hosts scoring in the 9th minute off Australia`s first penalty corner. He then went on to add another goal to his and team`s kitty by hitting the last of the four goals in the first half (32nd min). In between Timothy Deavin (21st min) and Russel Ford (25th min) kept the scorer busy.

While Aran Zalewski, who is from Margret River area, a suburb of Burnbury, made his international debut memorable on his home turf as he scored the lone goal of the second half (57th min) for the hosts. Indians were a bit rusty and slow to begin with, while the Aussies went into the business straight away.

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However, the visitors fought back well in the second half when they not only defended well but also came close to scoring on a number of occasions. Indian defence did well to withstand the continuous pressure from the faster and fitter Australian forwards in the second half.

Unfortunately, on couple of occasions, Indian forwards were not alert enough to score, leaving excellent chances go abegging. Ten minutes after Sarwanjit Singh failed to connect a cross from Yuvraj Singh, he once again came close to scoring off his own solo in the 52nd minute. But his diving shot was hair`s breadth away from the right post.

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