Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Team India is grouped in Group B along with Canada, Scotland, Netherlands and Pakistan in WL semi-finals.

This may not be the Pakistan hockey team one is used to seeing, but neither was the scoreline of 7-1 in favour of India in the third league match of the Hero Hockey World League Semi-finals at the Olympic Park.

Thanks to powerfully and intelligently placed goals by Talwinder Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Akashdeep Singh, each of whom got two, India completely routed the Pakistani side.

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Barring a few lapses early in their games, the Indians have been clinical so far in the tournament, controlling the proceedings in each and every match.

"We always look at Pakistan as just another team and we always look at earning those three points from the match to advance in the league stage".

Pakistan just seemed to lose their focus after finding themselves a goal down despite making the better start, and India took advantage through Talwinder, who made it 2-0 in the second quarter. India, having scored the opening goal, seemed to ease their nerves and they played smooth and fluent hockey thereafter. In the next minute, India messed up a penalty corner of their own, but made up for it by doubling his tally in the very next minute. Pakistan saved the blushes with a consolation goal in the 57th minute by Umar Bhutta Muhammad.

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A few Pakistan fans stormed the ground to greet their cricketing heroes only to be neutralised by the bouncers on the ground. On a lifeless wicket, Pakistan got a muchneeded lifeline early on in their innings and they kicked off from that point.

In between Pakistan had their share of chances but they failed to get past an alert Akash Chikte in front of Indian goal. The Dutch went ahead through Robbert Kemperman's field goal at the end of the first quarter but did not add to their tally until six minutes after half time when penalty corner expert Mink van der Weerden netted.

India continued in the same vein in the second quarter and increased their lead in the 18th minute through Sardar who pushed home from a Ramandeep pass.

India won the game today, but coach Oltmans would be worrying about his team's poor conversion rate from penalty corners.

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Match Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis centre - London (England). Akashdeep struck in the dying minutes to seal India's 7-1 win.

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