Penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final here on Sunday.
Harmanpreet made it 4-0 early in the third quarter before Akashdeep Singh and Pardeep Mor chipped in.
But he was wide off the mark. Be it Cricket or Hockey, nothing beats the intense rivalry that any sport brings to an India-Pakistan clash.
There was plenty of entertainment in the first 15 minutes with Pakistan successfully appealing through a video referral for their first PC in the 11th minute. But Aleem Bilal's PC attempt missed the target.
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India immediately responded by earning the first of their four penalty corners at the other end, only to see the first wave of defenders block Harmanpreet's flick. But in 2015, India had beaten The Netherlands 3-2 in the shootout after a 5-5 draw in the Hockey World League Final at Raipur. Harmanpreet was not to be denied in the 13th minute when he opened the account with a low drag flick to the right of Pakistan custodian Amjad Ali.
India further controlled the game and took a 3-0 lead as a soft turnover in the midfield allowed India to launch a fierce counter-attack in the 18th minute. This win has ensured India a quarter-final berth in the tournament though they still have to play against Netherlands on Tuesday.
Pakistan was dogged in its initial attempt to stop the Indian side. It was also disappointing how we dealt with the corners that gave Pakistan two goals. India saw out the remaining six minutes to go into the midway break with a comfortable 3-0 lead. Mor then helped himself to goal with a fantastic strike. Put into bat first, Pakistan, who were playing in their first ever final of the tournament, scored a mammoth 338 for 4 in 50 overs and in reply India were bundled out for a meager 158 runs in just 30.3 overs.
India previously played The Netherlands at the Rio Olympics where they narrowly lost to the Dutch 1-2.