Monday, March 8, 2010

India draws South Africa 3-3, finish 4th in pool B

NEW DELHI: Shivendra Singh adored the day for India with a appropriate equaliser as the home aggregation played out a 3-3 draw adjoin South Africa in a arguable bout to accomplishment fourth in Basin B of the hockey World Cup on Monday.

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With this draw India concluded their basin affairs with four points, abaft Australia, England and Spain.The hosts will now face the fourth placed aggregation of Basin A for the seventh-eighth play-off bout on Friday.Although South Africa accept aforementioned credibility as India, they accomplished in the fifth position due to ambition aberration while Pakistan acquisition themselves at the basal in the sixth place.

Sarwanjit Singh (18th minute), Diwakar (24th) and Shivendra (66th) denticulate for the hosts while Lloyd Norris-Jones (seventh), Ian Haley (38th) and skipper Austin Smith (47th) begin the net for the South Africans.The aftereffect of the bout could accept been in India's favour if not for the newly-introduced video barometer system, which disqualified out a hosts' goal.When teams were bound 2-2, the video barometer played spoilsport as Sarwanjit's additional ambition of the bout was disallowed afterwards he was accurately set up by a admirable one-two from captain Rajpal Singh and Gurwinder Singh Chandi.

The video adjudicator disallowed the ambition afterwards South Africa protested for a bottom abhorrent at the added end of the angle and in about-face awarded a amends bend to the Proteas.To accomplish it for worse for India, battling skipper Austin Smith denticulate from the consecutive abbreviate bend to accomplish it 3-2 in favour of South Africa.From there on the Indians formed adamantine for the all-important equaliser and begin it aloof bristles account from the hooter through Shivendra who chipped the brawl accomplished the South Africa goal-line from a abutting ambit to acquire adored one point for the hosts.

An bare Lloyd Norris-Jones denticulate for South Africa from top of the amphitheater afterwards abstention accomplished a few Indian players with his fast-paced run from the mid-field.However, that was all South Africa could administer in the aperture bisected as from there on it all Indian as the home aggregation apprenticed adamantine for the equaliser.India's assiduous burden from both the flanks assuredly resulted in two goals in a amount of nine minutes.

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