India snatched the top spot, in Pool B, from the Netherlands after putting six past sub-continental rivals Pakistan in their third game of the Hockey World League semi-finals. Talwinder Singh, Akashdeep Singh, and Harmanpreet Singh completed braces while Pardeep Mor claimed a goal in the rout.
As the cricket crazy sub-continent fans were glued to their television screens for the Cricket Champions Trophy semi-finals between India and Pakistan, their respective hockey teams faced off against each other just eight miles away. While Pakistan
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Having lost both their matches in the tournament so far, Pakistan came into the game with a set gameplan as they appeared to be the team most likely to open the scoring. Ajaz Ahmad got the first chance of the game when he found enough space to get his shot off but the ball went well wide of the target. India, however, were beginning to play counter-attacking hockey as Akashdeep found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but his
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Pakistan had a great chance to make their way back into the game but Muhammad Bilal’s shot from a penalty corner was wide. In the next minute, India messed up a penalty corner of their
India increase lead against the run of play
Standing in goal for Akash Chikte, rookie Vikas Dahiya’s day came to an early end when Roelant Oltmans decided to send the senior player in for the second half and
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Rooted to the bottom of the pool, Pakistan had nothing to lose and threw caution to the wind as they tried to claw their way back into the game. However, it had a counter impact on Pakistan as some brilliant passing between Akashdeep and Sardar led to the former scoring India’s fifth of the game. Three minutes later, the score had a
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