India started off their Hero Tri-Nation Series with a 2-1 win over Mauritius. The hosts showed good resilience to come back from a goal down to win the game. The win took India’s record to an impressive 9 wins in a row.

Coach Stephen Constantine went with a lineup that excluded star player and nations top goal scorer Sunil Chhetri. Hence the team relied upon Jeje and Robin Singh up front for the goals. Eugeneson and Rowlin Borges formed the midfield partnership and were supported by Halicharan Narzary and Jackichand Singh on the flanks. It was the traditional back 4 of Das, Jhingan, Anas, and Kotal. Subrata Paul started in between the sticks.

Sandesh Jhingan captained India while Kevin Bru was his Mauritian counterpart.

Mauritius made a bright start to the game and broke the deadlock in the 15th minute, some good fortune fell Louis Marco Dorzas way as his shot took a heavy deflection and found its way into the back of the net. India continued to apply the pressure and finally succeeded in the 38th minute when Rowlin Borges found Robin Singh with an inch perfect through ball who slotted home the following one v one, however Kevin Obrian Jean Louis the Mauritian Goalie should’ve done a lot better in that situation, the first half ended 1-1.

India made three changed at half time with Poojary replacing Jacki, Balwant Singh replacing Robin Singh and Amrinder Singh coming in for Subrata Paul. It was an international debut for all three substitutes coming on.

The changes worked as new boy Balwant Singh made a dream debut, scoring in the 62nd minute to send his team into a well-deserved lead. The Indian defense held strong and kept the lead intact for the remainder of the game. Another player made his Indian debut as Manvir Singh replaced Jeje in the 87th minute. The game ended 2-1.

– Srujan

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