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Australia thump India 5-2 to end euphoria

 NEW DELHI, Mar 2 (PTI): A dismal India were jolted out of their euphoria as Australia spanked them 5-2 in the hockey World Cup here tonight.

On a high after Sunday's fairytale 4-1 victory against Pakistan, the Indians were in for a shock today as Olympic silver medallist Australia opened their account as early as in the second minute and there was no stopping them.

The mighty Australians toyed with the Indian defence and scored through Glenn Turner (10th minute, 43rd), Liam De Young (2nd), Desmond Abbott (26th) and Luke Doerner (42nd).

For India, Vikram Pillay (35th) and captain Rajpal Singh (53rd) sounded the board.

Today's defeat saw India drop down in the points table to the fourth spot with England on top with two wins, followed by Australia and Spain.

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