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SAS 2015: Boys fought from first minute says coach (4/11/2015)
--Tazeen Qureshy
The Indian team finished its pool matches in style after they defeated world and defending champions Australia 4-2 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia on Saturday. And coach Paul van Ass is a happy man, after tasting the first major success after taking over as the coach of the Indian team last month.

“It is always nice to beat world number one. I have to give a big compliment to the boys. They fought from minute one today to minute 60,” said Paul van Ass after India’s match.

India put up an impressive show right from the start when V.R. Raghunath scored the first goal off the penalty corner in the first minute itself. But, it was Nikkin Thimmaiah who stole the show, with his hattrick in the 23rd, 32nd and 60th minute.

undefined “He (Nikkin) was effective not only in scoring goals but what I liked about him is that he worked hard throughout the tournament. He played well and was rewarded with the opportunities,” the coach said.

After this win against Australia, India had bettered their record. They had last won against the Australia in a test series held last year in Australia. However, in the bronze medal play- off in the Champions Trophy, India had lost to the world champions. “I do believe the way India played doesn’t suit Australia. I think today we just played a good game, we controlled and we scored,” he added.

India will next play with South Korea in the bronze medal play-off on Sunday as the match between South Korea and New Zealand ended up in a 3-3 draw.

“We have a big game tomorrow. I have to see what is left (in the players) tomorrow in terms of energy. I hope the boys can handle two tough games in a row.”

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