India hope for a win against Australia

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

With a victory still eluding India in the Champions Trophy, it hopes of finishing in the top four of the prestigious tournament.

India hope for a win against Australia

Cologne, Germany:

With a victory still eluding India in the Champions Trophy, its hopes of finishing in the top four of the prestigious tournament now rest solely on its defence, particularly goalkeeping, against Australia in a crucial match tomorrow. India drew 3-3 with Holland and lost 2-3 to World Champions Germany and it will hope to arrest the downward trend against the World Cup runners up in what promises to be thrilling contest. But for that it will have to ensure a water-tight defence and at the same time hope that the frontline of Prabhjot Singh, Gagan Ajit Singh, Deepak Thakur and Dhanraj Pillay deliver the goods. In the two matches that India have played, the forwards have managed to sneak in the goals but a loss of concentration in crucial periods like the last five minutes in a match have robbed India of an outright win and a deserving draw. The situation would have been vastly different if India had held onto their 3-2 lead against Holland and their 2-2 scoreline against Germany. Four points in the bag would have meant India would have placed second in the points tally, a much better position than the fifth they enjoy in this six-nation tournament at present. India's coach Rajinder Singh was, however, happy with the way the team has played till now. "I think I can say I am satisfied. They have fought well and have got the goals that were not coming in earlier tournaments," said Rajinder. (PTI)

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