The Indian team put up a tough fight in its second build-up game of the Europe tour as it played out a 3-3 draw against Dutch side HGC Hockey Club in The Netherlands. The tour is in preparation for the FIH Men's World Cup 2014, scheduled to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15, 2014. (Click here for latest on Hockey)
HGC Hockey Club scored the opener in the 6th minute and doubled the lead in the 24th to go 2-0 into half-time on Monday. The Indian side fought back remarkably in the second half as it restricted HGC Hockey Club from doing any further damage.
Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh then converted a penalty corner in the 50th minute, shortly followed by a field goal in the 56th minute through Nikkin Thimmaiah.
VR Raghunath's successful penalty corner in the 63rd minute swept away the lead form HGC Hockey Club by 3-2. The final strike came in from HGC Hockey Club in the 64th minute, which leveled the scores at 3-3 till time.
India's defence and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh proved their ability to be at par, as HGC Hockey Club got 10 penalty corner opportunities out of which they managed to convert only two.