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Australia outclassed India 5-1 to open their Azlan Shah campaign in style.

 

It was an awesome display of tactical Hockey and clinical finishing by the Aussies over a team that looked out of sorts.

 

It was the first match for the Aussies while India had defeated Japan 2-1 the previous day.

 

Australia opened scoring in the fifth minute as Blake Govers sent a heft hit past a bewildered Indian custodian Harjot Singh.

 

But it took India only three minutes to draw level as Rupinderpal Singh made good their first penalty corner.

 

The Aussies were  unperturbed and Jamie Dwyer broke through and laid a pass to Jacob Whetton to put the Kookaburras 2-1 ahead.

 

Australia led 3 -1 as Eddie Ockenden scored in the 20th minute and India were struggling to keep up with the pace in the humid conditions.

 

Simon Orchard piled on more misery for the Indians, scoring the fourth in the 27th minute.

 

The two teams trooped off at halftime and India's Roelant Oltmans had plenty to do in the changing room.

 

Matt Ghodes completed the rout by scoring in the 53rd minute to make it 5-1.