The Indian men’s hockey team on Thursday qualified for its maiden Champions Trophy final and assured itself of a medal by virtue of Great Britain’s 3-3 draw against Belgium in London.The top two teams – Australia and India – will now meet in the summit clash on Friday.India have seven points from five games, while Australia, who have already qualified for the final, sit comfortably at the top with 13 points. Earlier, India were defeated 2-4 by a dominant Australian side in their last league match. This was India’s second loss in the tournament, while the Aussies are unbeaten so far.After a unproductive first half, Australia struck a brace of goals to stay 2-0 in their favour going into the half time.From there on, the Australians dominated and notched up yet another goal to take a 3-0 lead. But India woke up with a goal from Raghunath via a penalty corner conversion in the 44th minute to make it 3-1.India played their best game in the last minute before the third quarter and within first two minutes of last quarter, but were quiet in the second quarter, and allowed the Aussie forwards to sneak through their defence and score freely.
Brief scores – South Africa (235 & 126/4) at stumps, lead Sri Lanka (191) by 170 runs. Fad du Plessis (25*), Quinton de Kock (15*), Lasith Embuldeniya (2/36). Full ScorecardFast bowler Dale Steyn took four wickets as South Africa seized control of the first test against Sri Lanka on day two and went to the close on 126 for four, an overall second innings lead of 170 runs at Kingsmead.South Africa had earlier bowled the tourists out for 191 in their first innings, with the experienced Steyn leading the charge on a slow but seaming wicket.Captain Faf du Plessis (25 not out) and Quinton de Kock (15 not out) will seek to push the home side past the 250-run lead on the third day, a daunting target against a visiting side that have not passed 300 in any of their last 12 test innings.But debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (2-36) ensured South Africa stuttered in their second innings as he collected the wickets of Temba Bavuma (3) and Dean Elgar (35).Aiden Markram had the home side off to a positive start with a brisk 28 before he edged seamer Kasun Rajitha to second slip, while Hashim Amla was snatched in the gully off Vishwa Fernando.South Africa have a long tail with all-rounder Vernon Philander batting at number seven and quick wickets in the morning could bring Sri Lanka back into the contest.”We want that lead to get up a little bit more tomorrow,” Steyn told reporters. “If we bowl anything like we did in the first innings we should be OK. But we do need more runs.advertisement”If you bowl short and aggressive lengths, there is was always a chance of a wicket.”Whatever target they are set, the visitors will have to show more application with bat in hand against a home attack that is expert in their own conditions.The tourists resumed their first innings on 49 for one on the second morning, but were soon in trouble as Steyn (4-48) struck the opening blow when he trapped Oshada Fernando (19) leg before wicket.WILY SEAMThe wily seam of Philander (2-32) then removed Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (30) with the same mode of dismissal.Top-scorer Kusal Perera (51) and Dhananjaya de Silva (23) added 43 for the sixth wicket with some attacking stroke-play, but their promising partnership ended on the stroke of lunch when the latter was caught by Duanne Olivier in the deep off Kagiso Rabada.The procession of wickets continued in the afternoon, with Embuldeniya (23) providing some dogged resistance before he was the last man out, caught by Steyn at mid-off to give Kagiso Rabada a second scalp.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 2 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Dale Steyn surpasses Kapil Dev in Test wickets list
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