New Delhi: Penalty-corner specialist Sandeep Singh's conversion in the dying minutes took India to a narrow 2-1 win in a keenly-contested second match of the hockey Test series against South Africa here at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Tuesday.
Both the goals South Africa conceded came before the hooter - in the 33rd and 68th minute of the game. After Chingelnsana Singh gave India the lead, Lance Louw struck the equaliser in the 43rd minute before Sandeep snatched victory for India in the final moments of the game.
Tushar Khandekar celebrated his 200th international with the captain's band on his arm as Sardar Singh was rested for the game and India's starting line-up showed as many as nine changes. This, though, is in sync with coach Michael Nobbs' strategy to find the perfect combination before the Olympic qualifiers.
South Africa had a far better start compared to the 4-0 drubbing they received in the first match on Monday. The man-to-man marking restricted India's coordination, which looked seriously out of shape in the absence of Sardar as centre-half....more
09:28 PM, Jan 17, 2012