India maul Pak 7-1 in Hockey World League Semi-Final
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 15:17
India stamped their authority in the sport of hockey by posting their biggest victory over Pakistan, a thumping 7-1 triumph, in the Hockey World League Semi-Final at the Olympic Park yesterday. And Jalandharites have a special reason to celebrate as all three players of the team - Harman Preet, Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep - who scored two goals each are the products of the city-based Surjit Hockey stadium.
Akashdeep made it 5-0 in the 47th minute and Pradeep Mor added a sixth in the 49th minute. In the first game, India thrashed Scotland 4-1.
The top four countries in each five-team group will contest the quarter finals, with the four semi-finalists advancing to the HWL Final in Bhubaneswar in India. Akashdeep struck in the dying minutes to seal India's 7-1 win.
All matches of the 2017 Hockey World League 2017 Tournament will be live streamed on Hotstar. India further exposed Pakistan's weaknesses in their team's structure in a match that had chances galore for both the teams right from the start.
India won the game today, but coach Oltmans would be worrying about his team's poor conversion rate from penalty corners.
Pakistan got its only goal in the 57th minute from Muhammad Umar Bhutta. Pakistan never quite got into the game and eventually fell short by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
"I thought Pakistan were the better team in the first quarter and they created more opportunities but after we scored the first goal we started to play according to our plan", said Oltmans after the match. It was tactical brilliance by Mandeep Singh who passed to Satbir Singh from the top of the circle who then flicked it to Sunil who nicked it to Talwinder who deflected the ball into the post - all in rapid pace leaving Pakistani defenders dumbstruck.
Another deflection from Talwinder, this time a much better one, directed into goal when the ball was in the air, made it 3-0.
Yesterday's match was played on the same day.