England struggled for long spells in the match but finished well to earn a 1-1 draw against India .
Midfielder Shilanand Lakra gave India the lead with in 14th minute only for Mark Gleghorne to convert a penalty stroke in the 52nd minute share the spoils.
Both teams went into the match looking for their first win after suffering defeats in Saturday’s opening encounters. India went down 3-2 against Argentina while England lost 4-1 to Australia.
Two minutes into the match, it was England who came knocking on India’s door first, but Ian Sloan’s shot was parried away by goalkeeper Suraj Karkera.
England continued with a barrage of counter attacks in next five minutes that kept the Indian defence busy.
Shilanand, however, broke the deadlock for India in the 14th minute when he slammed a high ball past goalkeeper Harry Gibson and into goal following a beautiful run orchestrated by Ramandeep Singh of which Talwinder Singh steered the ball towards Shilanand’s path.
Asian champions India continued to dominate the second quarter by claiming eight penalty corners but their attempts from different variations was foiled by a fortified defence.
England had 18 circle entries with the last attempt to equalise coming two seconds before the buzzer.
Mark Gleghorne’s drive was saved by Suraj as India trooped off the field holding a 1-0 lead.
After a grueling first half, England earned their first penalty corner at the start of the third quarter after Mandeep Mor’s tackle outside the D was deemed dangerous. But the English could do nothing to restore parity when Gleghorne’s strike was steered away.
The last quarter was a roller coaster as India and England mounted a range of counter-attacks. It was the Indians who picked their ninth penalty corner in the 48th minute but Amit Rohindas flick was deemed dangerous after the ball hit Gleghorne, who was quick off the block, on his knee.
England’s search for the equaliser was finally answered when they they awarded a penalty stroke in the 52nd minute. Glenhorne stepped up to take the strike and was successful.
India and England, Will on Tuesday play Ireland and Australia respectively.