Hockey: Dutch drop first points

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The Netherlands dropped their first points on the fourth day of the Champions Trophy here yesterday when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Pakistan.

Twice Pakistan came from behind to equalise Dutch penalty corner goals by Taeke Taekema with goals from Sohail Abbas and Kashif Jawad. With Jawad suspended for the final five minutes, they withheld tremendous Dutch pressure for a draw they deserved.

Earlier Australia beat India 4-1. After a high-speed opening 30 minutes the first half ended in a dramatic five minutes which included a fine penalty-stroke save by India's goalkeeper, Devesh Chauhan, from Brent Livermore and a fortuitous opening goal from Australia's Grant Schubert.

In the second half Schubert collected his second from close quarters, finishing off a four-man Australian move. Troy Elder converted a penalty stroke for Australia's third. Although Dilip Tirkey pulled a goal back for India, an unmarked Schubert completed his hat-trick.

Australia's women followed up their 3-0 win against Argentina, the World Champions, in their opening game with a 3-1 win yesterday against Germany.