This may not be the Pakistan hockey team one is used to seeing, but neither was the scoreline of 7-1 in favour of India in the third league match of the Hero Hockey World League Semi-finals at the Olympic Park.
India continued to play like Champions in the third quarter giving no room for Pakistan to comeback into the game.
With two back-to-back defeats against The Netherlands (0-4) and Canada (0-6), Pakistan were desperate for a win against India to advance in the League.More news: US State Secretary: North Korea Frees American Citizen
However, India's skipper Manpreet Singh does not want to read too much into the victory, which also happens to be the biggest win against their arch rivals in hockey history. India will start their campaign against Scotland then they are set to face Canada, Pakistan and Netherlands respectively.
With their place already secured in the quarterfinals, India would be hoping to keep up the good work and keep a clean slate going into the business end of the tournament.
The fourth quarter dented Pakistan's hopes further with Akashdeep pumping another goal into Pakistan's goal post in the 47th minute taking India's lead to a winning 5-0.More news: London Mayor Admits Fire Caused by 'Mistakes and Neglect'
Pakistan had more than a few chances at the Indian goal. After Pardeep Mor won his team a second penalty corner, the drag-flicker Harmanpreet fired in a grounded stroke after a successful injection from Ramandeep to get India the lead. The lone goal for Pakistan came through Umar Bhutta three minutes from the hooter when the contest was already lost. Harmanpreet Singh went for a push to the top corner, didn't get it right, but somehow the ball rolled low and crept below the Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali.
India secured another penalty corner four minutes into the second quarter but Harmanpreet's flick was saved by Amjad Ali in front of Pakistan goal.
At the pre-match press conference, Kohli enthused, "I have played with the synthetic hockey balls indoors but have never tried hockey".More news: Real Madrid need you: Zidane to Ronaldo
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