India defeated Ireland4-1 to take 5th place at the Azlan Shah Cup.
The Indians weee beaten for the first time by Ireland in the final pool match, this denying them a chance to vie for the bronze.
It was India’s worst finish in the tournament since the inception of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 1983, having won the title five times, finished runners-up in 2008 and 2016 and won bronze medals for a record seven times, the last being in 2017.
It was a far better performance from the Indians, their caused probably greatly assisted by the humid conditions that took its toll on the Irish.
It took India just five minutes to take the lead from their second penalty corner which Varun Kumar sent a drag flick sailing past Jamie Carr.
Shilanand Lakra extended the lead in the 28th minute before Varun returned to score his second and India’s third goal in the 32nd minute from their fourth penalty corner .
Gurjant Singh netted the fourth goal in the 37th minute from open play.
Julian Dale, eased the Irish pain by netting a goal in the 48th minute.