Being the national sport of India, hockey always has its seat preserved in the notions of preference in country sports. Especially, a comeback in this game is badly needed, Indian National team proved all that in its stunning victory against Pakistan, that too in Semi-Finals.
Team India stationed a comfortable 7-1 win over arch-rivals Pakistan in their group game of the Hockey World League semi-final, played in London. This win uplifted the place of India in their group instantly.
By the half-time, India was leading with fair 3-0 and four more goals were added in the second half to win the match. Pakistan could manage to score only one consolation goal. For India, Harmanpreet Singh, Akashdeep Singh, and Akashdeep Singh bagged two goals each while Pradeep Mor contributed with one goal.
Meanwhile, for Pakistan, it was Mohammad Umar Bhutta who covered that one goal. The 7-1 win is India’s biggest win over Pakistan ever. Earlier, India had beaten Pakistan 7-4 on two occasions, first in Champions Trophy in 2003 and then at Commonwealth Games 2010. Considering the previous statistics, Pakistan did not look the team that lost 7-1 in the end as they were the attackers in most of the first quarter.
It was India’s show all the way in the second half, in a mere 13 minutes, India managed to score the first goal as Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner. He completed a brilliant low drag flick to find the back of the net.
Talwinder Singh doubled the lead after deflecting a hit from Satbit Singh and SV Sunil. It was a great teamwork to score the goal. He scored his second goal minutes later and India was then already at 3-0 ahead.
The aggressiveness players have carried didn’t go down, with Harmanpreet scoring another one summing up to 4-0. Pakistan tried finding their first goal but was denied. Akashdeep made it 5-0 in India’s favor with a stunning field goal. Post that, Pradeep added the sixth goal before Pakistan pulled one back through Mohammad Umar Bhutta. Akashdeep finished the game with another goal just before full-time and garnered the dominating victory to India.