India win 3-1

Melbourne: India made a bright start to their Champions Trophy campaign with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over England in Pool A at the State Hockey Centre here on Saturday.

The Indian team clinched a morale-boosting win through field goals from Danish Mujtaba (22nd minute) and Yuvraj Walmiki (38th) before Gurwinder Singh Chandi scored from a penalty corner (66th minute).

Earlier, the India defence was breached by a drag flick from Richard Smith on England's maiden penalty corner in the 14th minute.

Playing the first major international event after their disastrous last-place finish at the London Olympics, India have come to the Champions Trophy with a new look team.

India will take on New Zealand on Sunday in their second outing in Pool A.

Giving a good display of competitive hockey, the young Indian outfit fought hard after conceding an early goal when Smith's rising drag-flick went high into the goal.


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