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India squanders lead

New Delhi: India squandered a one goal lead to play out a 1-1 draw against Canada in their second game of the four-match Test series at Tamanawis Park, Surrey here on Friday.

India skipper Surinder Kaur (41st minute) broke the deadlock early in the second half, but her Canadian counterpart Stephanie Nesbitt (63rd) drew parity just seven minutes from the hooter to deny the visitor the win and a 2-0 lead in the series.

India had earlier defeated the host 3-2 in the opener on Wednesday and is now leading the series 1-0.

India got a golden chance to secure the lead from the fourth penalty corner when Canadian custodian Azelia Liu was beaten all ends up but defender Stephanie Jameson made a goalline save to deny the visitor.

India earned three penalty corners in the second half and was awarded a penalty stroke from the last one when Samantha Smith used her body to stop a deflection.

Surinder took the responsibility on her to convert the penalty stroke and made no mistake to give India the lead.

However, an unmarked Nesbitt equalised in the 63rd minute, comfortably slotting past Indian goalkeeper Deepika Murty after Katie Baker put the ball through to her.

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