Super Sandeep Guides India To Champions Challenge FinalJohannesburg, Dec 3: Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh converted two penalty corners as India beat hosts South Africa 4-2 to set up title date with Belgium in the Champions Challenge Hockey tournament here today.Sandeep's short corner conversions
Johannesburg, Dec 3: Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh converted two penalty corners as India beat hosts South Africa 4-2 to set up title date with Belgium in the Champions Challenge Hockey tournament here today.
Sandeep's short corner conversions in the 44th and 49th minute respectively enabled India to surge ahead after the two teams were level on 2-2.
V.R. Raghnath (13th minute) and Sarvanjit Singh (40th minute) earlier restored parity on two occasions after the home team scored through Marvin Harper (eighth minute) and Thronton McDade (22nd minute).
India had beaten South Africa 7-4 in their preliminary group league encounter.
India fielded Rupinder Pal Singh from the start as he recovered from the injury that forced him to be carried off the field on a stretcher in the quarterfinal against Malaysia.
The semi-final was played at a brisk pace and South Africa opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Drummond picked up a long through shot and pushed the ball in for Harper to flick past goalkeeper Bharat Chetri.
India equalised through Raghunath's penalty corner conversion in the 13th minute as he sent a low flick into the goal.
South Africa again capitalised on a defensive lapse when McDade got space to turn around in the circle after collecting Harper's cross to send the shot into the left corner of the goal in the 22d minute to give the hosts a 2-1 lead at the interval.
India again drew level five minutes into the second session when Sarvanjit scored with a reverse drive on a rebound after Sardar Singh's shot got stopped.