Confident India eye Netherlands scalp in Hockey World League Semi-Final

Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar exchange words.─AFP  File

Men in Blue - India will face off arch-rivals Pakistan in their third match of the 2017 World Hockey League on Saturday in London.

Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh (13th minute, 33rd), Talwinder Singh (21st, 24th), Akashdeep Singh (47th, 59th) and Pradeep Mor (49th) scored for India while Pakistan's consolation goal came from the stick of Muhammad Umar Bhutta (57th).

Skipper Scott Tupper's penalty stroke put Canada ahead in the fourth minute before three goals in the second quarter settled the Pool B contest.

India's rampaging form would be up against a stiff challenge when they take on world No.4 the Netherlands in their final Pool B match of the Hockey World League Semi-Final on Tuesday. Canadian converted two penalty corners and one goal came via penalty shoot. India saw out the remaining six minutes to go into the midway break with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Secretary General of Hockey India Mohd Mustaque Ahmad stated,"The players of the Indian Hockey team has always been in support of the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation". Played under the shadow of the Champions Trophy cricket final just nine miles away, the surcharged subcontinental hockey encounter saw India outplay Pakistan in intensity and precision of their raids. Pakistan scored their first goal in the 57th minute, Mohammad Omar reduced the margin of defeat by field goal.

India decimated Pakistan 7-1 to continue their winning streak in the league. There India had beaten Pakistan in the final.

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Harmanpreet made it 4-0 early in the third quarter before Akashdeep Singh and Pardeep Mor chipped in.

In the two matches it has played so far, Pakistan has earned just one penalty corner which clearly indicates the overall performance of the forwards.

India's persistent attacks resulted in the first goal in the fifth minute when Sunil scored from a narrowest of angles after his initial shot was saved by Carter.

In the semi-final of the Hero Hockey World League, India thrashed Pakistan 7-1.

At the pre-match press conference, Kohli enthused, "I have played with the synthetic hockey balls indoors but have never tried hockey".

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