Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Harmanpreet Singh came up with his second hat-trick of the tournament as defending champions India hammered Australia 6-2 to storm into the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament on Saturday.
With their fourth win from five matches, the junior Indian team has booked a place in the final of the tournament and will take on Great Britain in the title clash today.
With repeated attacks, India earned their first penalty corner in the sixth minute, which was converted into a goal by defender Harmanpreet, who had scored the hat-trick against Malaysia in the previous match.
Indian colts scored their second goal just through forward Parvinder Singh (9th min), giving India a 2-0 lead. The third goal came in the 19th minute when midfielder Simranjeet Singh sent the ball into the net by diving down.
In the 23rd minute, India were ahead 4-0 after forward Pawan Kumar sneaked into opponents' defence and directed a brilliant pass into the net.
In the 25th minute, Australia earned a penalty corner, which was converted by Brandan Horner for their first goal of the match.
In the 28th minute, Harmanpreet converted a penalty stroke. Harmanpreet scored his second hat-trick in the tournament by converting the penalty corner into India's sixth goal. In the 64th minute, Australia reduce the margin as Horner converted a penalty corner.
"This was our best match of the tournament till now. Boys showcased amazing team-work and maintained domination against a tough team like Australia," said India coach Harendra Singh.