India held to a draw by South Africa

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

India settle for a 2-2 draw against South Africa in their second match of the inaugural Champions Challenge hockey tournament.

India held to a draw by South Africa

Kuala Lumpur:

Playing an ultra-defensive game, India twice took the lead but threw it all away in the end to settle for a 2-2 draw against South Africa in their second match of the inaugural Champions Challenge hockey tournament here today. India, who had scraped past Belgium with a 1-0 win yesterday, now have four points from two matches. South Africa, who had shocked title contenders Argentina in their first game, also have four points. India had themselves to blame for missing out on a win as their defensive attitude was hard to understand. In the first half they started well and even the midfield, which was sluggish yesterday, was moving well. With Deepak Thakur back in the team after missing out the match against Belgium, there was a sharpness in the frontline. But after leading 2-1 at the break, India preferred to play a defensive role and helped the South Africans to come back and draw the match.

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