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India down Australia 'A'

June 05, 2003 18:19 IST

Young Sandeep Michael scored a fine brace as India got the better of Australia 'A' 4-3 in their second match inthe Hockey Australia Men's Challenge in Sydney on Thursday.

In an earlier match, Australia beat Pakistan by the same margin to make sure of a place in Sunday's final.

Australia's final opponentswill be known afterthe India -Pakistan match on Saturday.

Tristram Woodhouse put the Aussie 'A' team ahead in the sixth minute, butDilip Tirkey restored parity for India in the 23rd.

Grant Schubert regained the lead for the Aussies six minutes later before Michael could get the first of his goalsthree minutes from half-time.

In the second session, Prabhjot Singh put India ahead butWoodhouse scored his second goal of the match in the 50th minute to enable Australia 'A' draw level.

But two minutes later Michael was again on target to clinch the issue for the Indians.

In the Australia - Pakistan match,Jamie Dwyer stole the limelight, firing in three goals, including two in fourminutes midway through the second sessionin a 4-3 victory for the hosts.

Midfielder Ben Taylor put the Aussies ahead in the eighth minute, but Mahammad Shabbir restored parity for the Pakistanis within a minute.

Dwyer made it 2-1 in the 19th minute, finishing off on a pass from Michael McMann.

But Pakistan drew abreast throughMudassar Khan in the 39th minute and then went ahead for the first time in the match whenShakeel Abbasiscored in the 48th minute off a penalty-corner rebound.

It was then Dwyer's turn to take centrestage as he scored hissecond and third goals. His second goal, in the 54th minute, was a beauty, scored froman acute angle fromthe right, while, the third, in the 58th minute,was a crispreverse stick shot.

Those two quick goalsflattened the Pakistanis. The hosts, who were without key players Matthew Wells and Paul Gaudoin,heldpossession in the latter stages of the match to clinch victory.

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