Champions Trophy: India holds firm to beat England

LONDON(PTI):The Indian defence held its ground against a desperate Great Britain, and a 2-1 victory in the 36th Champions Trophy here on Saturday put India at the top of the league standings with four points.

Goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh stopped a number of shots at goal — four of them on penalty corners — as India made use of a breakaway opportunity created by right-winger S.V. Sunil and the defenders covered the angles well to clinch victory.

Playing deep inside their own territory in the first quarter against the early British raids, the Indians scored through Mandeep Singh on their first raid by Sunil in the 17th minute.

Harmanpreet Singh then converted a penalty stroke in the 34th minute, while Britain pulled one back through a penalty corner conversion by Ashley Jackson in the 35th minute.

Having allowed Olympic champion Germany to come back for a 3-3 on Friday, India now has four points from two matches.

The results: India 2 (Mandeep 17, Harmanpreet 34-pen) bt Great Britain 1 (Jackson 35).

Germany 4 drew with Belgium 4.

On Friday: Korea 2 bt Belgium 0; Great Britain 0 drew with Australia 0.