Azlan Shah Cup Hockey: India hammer Pakistan 5-1 to climb to No. 2 on leaderboard

Azlan Shah Cup Hockey: India hammer Pakistan 5-1 to climb to No. 2 on leaderboard

India put up a spirited show to hammer the archrivals with two goals from Sunil and one each from Rupinder, Manpreet and Talwinder.

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THAT'S IT! ALL OVER FOR Pakistan. India are victorious 5-1 and stay in the hunt for the final. This is a hammering for the final.

Two min left on the clock.

INDIA GET A PENALTY STROKE! But Rupinder squanders it, pushes it straight to goalkeeper's body.

GOAL! Rupinderpal makes it 5-1, and it's a mauling now.

52nd min: Penalty Corner to India. Brilliant one-two between Sardar and Sunil but the latter got a bit too long in his overlapping run around the left flank.

51st min: Superb run by Rupinderpal. Enters the circle beating at least two defenders but falls before pushing what could have been a telling pass.

49th min: GOAL! Talwinder gets his second goal of the tournament to make it 4-1, off a superb reverse flick.

47th min: Indian trying to spread the ball around but should not drop on the intensity. And they don't. Sardar fires a shot at the end of his brilliant run. But straight into GK's pads.

END OF THIRD QUARTER India lead through goals from Manpreet and Sunil (2). Pakistan will have to find their A game in the last 15 min to erase the two-goal lead.

43rd min: Sunil almost found the end of that Ramandeep pass but a touch too quick for him as Pakistan defender runs up to collect it first.

41st min: Suuerb one-touch deflection by Nikkin and Sunil dived in to deflect it for his second GOAL! India up 3-1.

Spoke too soon. Pakistan got a PC as India were down to 10-men due to Rupinderpal's green card. The drag-flick went straight into rushing Manpreet and he is being helped off the ground.

37th min: Manapreet's return has made a world of difference to India's half-line. More incisive.

34th min: Good pacy start to the third quarter. End-to-end stuff, but finishing eluding both sides.

Second Quarter

Goalless quarter: No goal is scored in the second quarter as India still hold 2-1 lead.

Unlike the first quarter when three goals were scored inside 10 minutes, both the team failed to score in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter.

PENALTY CORNER: India get a penalty corner in the 18th minute but Pakistan goalkeeper saves it beautifully.


First Quarter:

FIRST QUARTER FINISHES India hold edge after the first quarter with a 2-1 lead.

Goal SV Sunil gives India the 2-1 the lead as he scores on a deflected shot in the 10th minute. India 2, Pakistan 1

GOAL: Pakistan's Muhammad Irfan restore parity. He scores on a penalty corner in seventh minute. Pakistan 1, India 1

GOAL: Great start for India as Manpreet Singh scores the first goal for the team in the fourth minute. India 1, Pakistan 0

The first quarter starts.

With medal hopes at stake, a scrappy India will have to lift their game by leaps and bounds when they take on sub-continental rivals Pakistan in the 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh.

Five-time winners of the tournament, India were bronze medalists last year and are eager to stay in medal contention.

Sardar Singh-led side, which features several youngsters, will have to raise its game by many fold after surviving a torrid time against Canada on Sunday.

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