India may have suffered a bigger defeat had it not been for Sandhu, who pulled off as many as nine saves in the group E match.
A winless India remained in fourth spot in Group E with three points from six matches.
World Cup qualifiers: Igor Stimac credits energetic Indian fans for team's draw against Qatar in 2019
India had held mighty Qatar 0-0 in September 2019 here, a result considered as one of the best for the side in recent times.
The final departure date will be announced soon, once official confirmation from the health authorities is received.