After recording a draw against Germany in their first game of the Champions Trophy 2016 in London on Friday, the India national hockey team clash swords against Great Britain on Saturday. The hosts had played out a goalless draw against Australia in their inaugural game.
India coach Roelant Oltmans was not happy with his team's performance and has asked his men to better the performance going ahead in the competition. India gave away their two-goal cushion in the match to record a draw. VR Raghunath opened the scoring for India in the sixth minute of the match and goals from Mandeep Singh (26th minute) and Harmanpreet Singh (32nd) gave Oltmans' side a 3-1 lead.
However, Germany made a quick comeback as they converted from their series of penalty corners and the Indian defence faltered under pressure.
"We created some good chances, but did not capitalise on all of them. We could have done better than scoring three goals," the Press Trust of India quoted Oltmans as saying after the match. "Our performance was okay, but I'm not fully impressed. We'll have to put up a much better show in the matches to follow."
Against the hosts, India have to put a good fight, that's for sure. Preventing the No. 1 hockey team in the world from scoring is not an easy task, but Great Britain managed to do that on Friday. Britain have been the runners-up in the Hockey Champions Trophy on two occasions previously.
Where to watch live
Hockey Champions Trophy 2016: India vs Great Britain is scheduled for a 4 p.m. BST (8:30 p.m. IST) start on June 11.