India get a all-win record as they registered a comfortable 7-1 win over arch-rivals Pakistan in their group game of the Hockey World League semi-final being played in London. With the win, India cemented their place at the top of their group.
India were leading 3-0 at half-time and added four more goals 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 scored two goals each while Pradeep Mor contributed with one goal. For Pakistan, Mohammad Umar Bhutta scored the lone goal.
The 7-1 win is India’s biggest win over Pakistan ever. Earlier, India had beaten Pakistan 7-4 on two occasion, first in Champions Trophy in 2003 and then at Commonwealth Games 2010.
Pakistan did not look the team that lost 7-1 in the end as they were the attackers in most of the first quarter. They even got the first penalty corner of the match but the drag flick went over the bar. India then turned the tables and took control.
India took only 13 minutes 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 were ahead 3-0 at half-time.
India did not reduce their aggression on the field and it Harmanpreet who scored for India to make it 4-0. Pakistan tried finding their first goal but were denied. Akashdeep made it 5-0 in India’s favour with a stunning field goal.
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.