India hold South Africa to 3-3 draw

NEW DELHI: Hosts India claimed the fourth spot after a thrilling 3-3 draw with South
Africa, who finished fifth and relegated Pakistan to sixth place.

After Lloyd Norris-Jones had put South Africa ahead in the seventh minute, Sarvanjit Singh and Diwakar Ram struck in quick succession to give India a 2-1 lead at the interval.

South Africa, who had beaten Pakistan earlier in the league, made it 3-2 through Justin Reid-Ross and captain Austin Smith, before Shivendra Singh equalised for India four minutes from the end.

India and South Africa both ended with four points, but the hosts had a better goal difference of minus-4 and compared to the Africans’ minus-15.

The two semi-final spots from group A will be decided after Tuesday’s last round with four teams – the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea and New Zealand – still in the fray.

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