India played Pakistan on Saturday with hopes of finishing as good as fifth in the Hockey World League Semi-finals in London. The Harmanpreet Singh captained India lost 2-3 to Malaysia to crash out from the tournament with a largely poor show. That changed against arch-rivals Pakistan as India continued the onslaught they had inflicted on the neighbours just six days back. India won 6-1 with Pakistan once again hurt by defensive disarray.
India vs Pakistan Hockey Score and Updates:
1740 hrs IST: HOOTER! The hooter blares and it has been a convincing show from India once again. Not so for Pakistan – once again. 6-1 to India then and it has been easy as it goes.
1731 hrs IST: GOAL!! India make it six! Pakistan don’t have any referrals to use but the umpire referral being used. No problem with that. Mandeep Singh with a strong shot to find the gap between Pakistan keeper’s feet. 6-1!
1727 hrs IST: Video review taken by Pakistan. Ask for a PC but the review goes against them. They lose their referral. Five minutes left in this match
1725 hrs IST: SAVE! Big save by the Pakistan keeper and defensive hold by the en in Green. Rizwan Jr clears inside the area after the keeper is beaten
1723 hrs IST: Pakistan making some nice runs forward. First Irfan gets a reverse pass but it doesn’t find anyone to go on and bring on an attack. Next, another Pakistan attack, this time from the left, and a shot is aimed at the goal from inside the D but the shot doesn’t have enough to beat Dahiya
1717 hrs IST: Final quarter underway. India lead 5-1. Can they do a repeat of the Pool B fixture earlier where India had won 7-1.
1710 hrs IST: GOAL! Pakistan pull one back after some miscommunication in the India area. Ajaz Ahmed pulls one back – this is nearly following the script of the pool game.
1708 hrs IST: GOAL! Harmanpreet Singh makes it five for India. A low shot from the penalty corner and India are now up by 5-0!
1657 hrs IST: Second half underway. This match is important for Pakistan to win if they are to harbour hopes of playing the 2018 World Cup in Delhi.
1644 hrs IST: GOAL!! SV Sunil rides strong challenges and passes the ball across the face of goal and Ramandeep Singh dives to deflect the ball into the goal. 4-0 now. 3 goals in 3 minutes by India. Repeat of the hammering in the pool fixtures
1642 hrs IST: GOAL!! Thumbs up from Roelant Oltmans as Akashdeep Singh makes it 3-0 to India. Smallest of angles as he moves down the left side. Possibly tries to play a fellow blue shirt in but Amjad gets a touch that deflects the ball into the goal
1639 hrs IST: GOAL!! Pardeep Mor with a hammering drive into the goal and it looks like Talwinder with the final touch at the near post. Unmarked in the area and too much space for Mor to get that pass and for Talwinder to get a touch. India are 2-0 up!
1637 hrs IST: CROSSBAR! Off the bar from Ramandeep. Pakistan defender fails to hold the ball properly and Ramandeep almost makes him pay with a sliding and stretched effort that touches the top of the goal and goes over
1636 hrs IST: Things were brought even for a few seconds with Umair getting a yellow card. Now Pakistan reduced to ten men for five minutes
1631 hrs IST: Second quarter underway. Pakistan start brightly with a ball coming across the face of goal but no one to attack and score. Meanwhile Sardar Singh has been handed a green card. India are down to ten for now
1627 hrs IST: Ramandeep Singh has India in the lead after the first quarter. 1-0 after the first 15 minutes
1623 hrs IST: CHANCE!! Big, big chance for India to double their advantage. Ramandeep supplies the ball to Akashdeep who surges into the area and with the goal gaping in front of him and just the keeper to beat, he scoops the effort wide. Very good chance for India that
1619 hrs IST: GOAL!! A packed Pakistan box and Ramandeep Singh gets a wee bit lucky to get a centimetre of space to slam the ball past the Pakistan keeper from close range.
1616 hrs IST: Mandeep gets slightest space and tries to get a shot on but it hits the Pakistan defender’s foot. Penalty corner. India have been 4/15 on PC’s this tournament and that record gets worse. Passing in the area but not good enough to bother the keeper
1615 hrs IST: Five minutes played in the first quarter and India have had a little look at the goal. Akashdeep has space in the Pakistan area but sends an air shot
1609 hrs IST: National anthems underway as players come out. Pakistan first and then India.
1608 hrs IST: The teams: