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10-10-2010, 10:52 PM #1
CWG hockey: India crush Pakistan 7-4Riding high on near-hysterical support from the overflowing stands, India routed Pakistan 7-4 to enter the semi finals of the men's hockey competition at the 19th Commonwealth Games here on Sunday.
India finished second behind Australia in pool A standings with nine points and take on Pool B toppers England in the semifinal on Tuesday. Australia face New Zealand in the other semifinal.
Earlier, Australia romped to their fourth win by soundly thrashing Malaysia 7-0 while England overcame South Africa 2-1 and Canada came within two minutes of making the semi-final grade, but eventually drew 1-1 with New Zealand.
Indeed, India put on a dazzling display befitting royalty and in the presence of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as they ran circles around Pakistan, who were done in by the aggression, slick passing and clinical finish of the home team.
Penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh started the Indian party with two conversions first up (2nd, 11th), followed by Shivendra Singh (19th and 59th), Saravanjit Singh (20th), Dhanish Mujataba (40th) and Dharamvir Singh (46th).
On their part, Pakistan showed only flashes of brilliance and their famed fighting spirit to knock in two goals by Muhammad Imran (27th) and Mumahmmad Rizwan (30th) in a space of three minutes. Irfan Muhammad (57th) and Shakeel Abbasi (67th) were the other scorers.
India could not have hoped for a better start than five penalty corners within 11 minutes and Sandeep converted the first and fifth.
The Pakistan defence was at sixes and sevens in the face of the furious Indian onslaughts as virtually every penetration by the home forwards resulted in a penalty corner.
Past the 19th, Sandeep unleashed a brilliant left-to-right diagonal long shot that Shivendra, positioned behind the Pakistani defenders flicked home to put India 3-0 in the lead....being a human...