Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

HWL Semi Final: India rout Pakistan 7-1 to enter quarters

The India hockey team on Sunday wore black armbands during their match against Pakistan to condole the deaths of martyrs in the recent attacks on the Indian army.

India won the game today, but coach Oltmans would be worrying about his team's poor conversion rate from penalty corners.

In the absence of key players like Rupinderpal Singh, India's young backline, led by Harmanpreet Singh, has displayed gritty performances and conceded just two goals.

Minutes later, India secured their third penalty corner and skipper Manpreet Singh's try from a variation was brilliantly kept away by Carter. Pakistan pulled one back late in the match with a 57th minute strike from Muhammad Umar Bhutta.

In the 23rd minute, India extended the advantage with an excellent quick passing move capped by Talwinder.

Aleem Bilal made a hash of Pakistan's fifth PC with a feeble push. The first one was a brilliant team goal, as a Mandeep's cut-back from the left byline to S.V. Sunil, stationed in front of the goal, saw him drive the ball to a waiting and unmarked Talwinder at the far post, who just had to tap it in. The flurry of goals didn't stop at that for India with Pardeep Mor scoring a splendid goal in the 49th minute to take India's score to 6-0. The Hockey World League 2017 Semifinal will also act as the World Cup qualifier. Two epic battles are on the cards as India lock horns against Pakistan on the cricket field, and also clash against each other on the hockey turf. It will now face Netherlands in their last pool game. Pakistan, who made repeated incursions into the Indian half, failed to find a goal while India pounced on most of their opportunities. It was an advantage that India never looked likely to lose, and with six points from their opening two matches they will go into Sunday's much-hyped meeting with Pakistan as heavy favourites.

India defeated Scotland 4-1, Canada 3-0 before demolishing arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1 in their first three games.

India continued in the same vein in the second quarter and increased their lead in the 18th minute through Sardar who pushed home from a Ramandeep pass.

India previously played The Netherlands at the Rio Olympics where they narrowly lost to the Dutch 1-2.

Canada displayed free flowing hockey during play.

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