Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017: India Thrash Pakistan 7-1 For 3rd Straight Win
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India News|Updated: 18 June 2017
India verify a quarterfinal berth in the competition with 9 points from 3 wins.
Composed by Sharmistha Chaudhuri
India surged arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1 in the Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017 to make their 3rd straight win in the competition on Sunday. With the win, India preserve their leading area in Group B (9 points from 3 wins) while Pakistan stay 6th with no points.
It was a total efficiency by the Indians who controlled their arch-rivals throughout the match to publish a facile win.
Dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh (13th minute, 33rd), Talwinder Singh (21st, 24th), Akashdeep Singh (47th, 59th) and Pradeep Mor (49th) scored for India at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, while Pakistan’s alleviation objective originated from the stick of Muhammad Umar Bhutta (57th).
Contrary to the outcome, it was Pakistan who made an intense start however their dominance lasted just the very first 10 minutes. When they made a charge corner however the effort cruised over the bar, Pakistan had the very first shot at the objective. As the match advanced, India began to manage the procedures with Pakistan playing a catch-up video game.
Harmanpreet provided India the lead in the 13th minute, transforming a charge corner with a low grounded flick. India protected another charge corner 4 minutes into the 2nd quarter however Harmanpreet’s flick was conserved by Amjad Ali in front of Pakistan objective.
Talwinder doubled India’s lead not long after integrating well with Satbir Singh and SV Sunil. Minutes later on, Talwinder scored his 2nd objective of the day when he nicely raised over Amjad a high ball from Satbir and India entered into the breather with a comfy 3-0 cushion.
India continued in the very same vein after the modification of ends and 3 minutes into the 2nd half Harmanpreet scored from another set piece to extend the lead.
Between Pakistan had their share of opportunities however they cannot surpass an alert Akash Chikte in front of Indian objective.
After Chinglensana Singh was remarkably rejected by Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali, Akashdeep scored a fantastic basket from the top of the circle after great one-two with Sardar Singh. 2 minutes later on, Pradeep Mor drilled house from a tight angle to beat Amjad Ali at the post.
Umar Bhutta scored an alleviation objective late into the match however Akashdeep brought back India’s success margin with yet another wonderful strike simply a minute from the hooter.