Confident India eye Netherlands scalp in HWL semis

Canada thrashed Pakistan on day two in London

Malaysia came roaring back into the game in the second quarter, with a Faizal Saari penalty stroke reducing the arrears ahead of a poacher's finish from Tengku Tajuddin who fired home a penalty corner rebound after an initial save from George Pinner to level the scores at 2-2.

Harmanpreet gave India the lead in the 13th minute, converting a penalty corner with a low grounded flick. Pakistan pulled one back late in the match with a 57th minute strike from Muhammad Umar Bhutta.

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. This goal was Pakistan's first in three encounters during which their own citadel has fallen 17 times and includes a humiliating six-goal loss to Canada. It was a proper sniper's goal, deflecting a deflection from SV Sunil into the target.

India meant business from the onset and secured their first penalty corner as early as in the opening minute of the game, but Harmanpreet Singh's effort sailed over the goal.

It wasn't a great start for India in this match, with Pakistan beginning much better, creating chances, pressing forward and causing a few problems to the India defence. Following their third win in as many games India moved to the top of the table with nine points.

The tournament also serves as the qualifiers for the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup.

"I played with synthetic hockey balls in indoors but never tried (field) hockey".

India decimated Pakistan 7-1 to continue their winning streak in the league. India maintained the 4-0 lead until the end of 4th quarter. Pakistan, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the pool after losing all three matches they have played so far. India previously played The Netherlands at the 2016 Rio Olympics where they narrowly lost 1-2.

Two minutes later, India's last match hero Ramandeep Singh's shot from the top of the circle was saved by David Carter in front of the Canadian goal.

Applauding the hockey stars for their guts, the 28-year-old cricketer also revealed his fear of getting hit on the face in a hockey match.



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