BUENOS AIRES: Olympic champions Argentina quelled India’s probabilities of a second consecutive victory as they made a robust comeback for a 4-4 draw in a tense practice match on Wednesday.
It was Varun Kumar (seventh and forty fourth), Rajkumar Pal (thirteenth), Rupinder Pal Singh (14th) who scored for India whereas Leandro Tolini (tenth), Lucas Toscani (twenty third), Ignacio Ortiz (forty second) and Lucas (57th) discovered the goal for the house team.
India had gained the primary practice match 4-3.
India made a tremendous begin with a well-structured assault that fetched them three objectives in the primary quarter.
The first objective was courtesy ahead Mandeep Singh who helped India earn a penalty nook in the seventh minute which was effortlessly transformed by drag flicker Varun Kumar.
Though an early 1-0 lead put the house facet on the backfoot, they bounced again in the tenth minute once they earned a PC.
Leandro Tolini, who scored twice in the earlier match, got here up with a well-executed dragflick to equalise.
India, nevertheless, regained the lead with Rajkumar Pal’s objective in the thirteenth minute. He was assisted by Nilakanta Sharma who has been in good nick, exhibiting his prowess as an attacking midfielder.
In the next minute, a PC earned by India ahead Lalit Upadyay noticed Rupinder Pal Singh rating a splendid objective, taking India’s result in 3-1 in the 14th minute.
The second quarter started with each groups buying and selling PCs with one another however none have been profitable. However, in the twenty third minute, Argentina’s Lucas Toscani struck a tremendous objective to slender India’s result in 3-2.
Though India replied with aggressive assault, they have been unable to create profitable forays into the putting circle.
Following the 10-minute halftime break, each groups vied to dominate with the ball and performed on par with one another to maintain the tempo up.
It was ultimately Argentina who succeeded in breaking the gridlock in this quarter by incomes a PC which was well-struck by Argentina’s attacking midfielder Ignacio Ortiz.
The 3-3 equaliser did not dampen India’s spirit as they efficiently scored the fourth objective through ahead Dilpreet Singh who made a profitable entry into the putting circle, incomes India a PC in the forty fourth minute.
Varun made no mistake in changing the objective and regaining the lead for India.
With the guests forward solely by a objective, the final quarter was a battle of nerves with the house team stepping on the fuel to safe an equaliser.
Though they created a PC in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, it was well-saved by India custodian Krishan Pathak however he might do little to cease Lucas’s subject objective in the 57th minute, thus ending the sport in a 4-4 stalemate.
India will subsequent face Argentina in the FIH Hockey Pro League match on April 11 at 0130 IST.