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India vs Pakistan Hockey, HWL Semi-final - As It Happened | June 18, 2017, 8:54 PM IST
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PREVIEW: While Bollywood brigade, political class are expected to be in attendance at the more glamorous event, the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals encounter is also expected to grab eyeballs.

For those, who won't get the tickets for the cricket match, they can travel an hour up north to Milton Keynes to see Manpreet Singh's deft skills, SV Sunil's searing runs down wide right.
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Jun 18, 2017 8:02 pm (IST)

It's game over, and celebrations in the India camp. They hammer Pakistan 7-1, and it was a dominant performance from the men in blue. The gulf in class between the two teams was evident in the scoreline!

Jun 18, 2017 7:59 pm (IST)

India restore their six goal lead, Akashdeep finds the roof of the net and almost breaks it..smashes it past the keeper for his second goal! It's 7-1 to India..

Jun 18, 2017 7:57 pm (IST)

Pakistan finally get a goal, some consolation. The penalty corner was saved, but the ball is played in and Umar Bhutta gets on the score sheet..It's 6-1..

Jun 18, 2017 7:55 pm (IST)

Pakistan earn another penalty corner, can they restore some pride?

Jun 18, 2017 7:52 pm (IST)

Body language of both the teams tell a story..Pakistan have given up, as India just look to now pass it among themselves..

Jun 18, 2017 7:51 pm (IST)

Pakistan change their keeper, Azhar Abbas replaces Amjad Ali, who despite having a good game has conceded six goals..

Jun 18, 2017 7:47 pm (IST)

6-0 now! Pardeep Mor absolutely smashes it into the net and past Amjad Ali who is beaten on the near post. He hit it with some pace there, and celebrates in style!

Jun 18, 2017 7:45 pm (IST)

It's 5-0! Complete dominance now, Akashdeep gets on the score-sheet, after brilliant play with Sardar..

Jun 18, 2017 7:40 pm (IST)

That's the end of the third quarter, and India lead 4-0. Almost impossible for Pakistan to comeback..

Jun 18, 2017 7:37 pm (IST)

Amjad Ali with a brilliant save to deny Chinglensana.. Ali has kept the scoreline respectable so far..

Jun 18, 2017 7:34 pm (IST)

Possession has been 50-50 so far, but its India who have made most out of it so far.. They are looking totally dominant here..

Jun 18, 2017 7:30 pm (IST)

Akash Chikte with a brilliant save, Pakistan can't find the back off the net today..

Jun 18, 2017 7:29 pm (IST)

Wasim Khan wins a penalty corner for Pakistan..

Jun 18, 2017 7:26 pm (IST)

4-0 to India! Harmanpreet gets his second goal, it was a penalty corner and he places it in the left hand corner.. No chance for Amjad Ali..

Jun 18, 2017 7:22 pm (IST)

India get the second-half underway..

Jun 18, 2017 7:13 pm (IST)

At half-time, a brace from Talwinder gives India a three goal lead at half-time...The score is 3-0.

Jun 18, 2017 7:12 pm (IST)

Amjad Ali keeps Pakistan in the game with two double saves from Ramandeep..Excellent goalkeeping..

Jun 18, 2017 7:10 pm (IST)

Remember Pakistan is yet to score in the tournament....

Jun 18, 2017 7:05 pm (IST)

India totally on top here and are dominating the proceedings..

Jun 18, 2017 7:05 pm (IST)

3-0! Talwinder gets his second goal! Again positions himself in front of the keeper, and just lifts it over the keeper! Superb goal again from India

Jun 18, 2017 7:01 pm (IST)

Mandeep goes off the field with a warning..India momentarily down to 10 men..

Jun 18, 2017 7:01 pm (IST)

2-0 to India! Talwinder Singh with a clever finish at the far post, S.V Sunil hit it, and Talwinder with a deflection ensures there is no chance for the Pakistan keeper..

Jun 18, 2017 6:59 pm (IST)

Sardar with some great defending, gives no space to Zeeshan on the flank and takes the ball away from him..

Jun 18, 2017 6:58 pm (IST)

Amjad Ali with a brilliant diving save, this was a great drag flick by Harmanpreet, but Ali dives to his right and saves it..

Jun 18, 2017 6:57 pm (IST)

Penalty corner to India, after a stick check by Bilal on Akashdeep..

Jun 18, 2017 6:54 pm (IST)

Bilal pushes his dragflick just wide of the goal..Poor penalty corner..

Jun 18, 2017 6:53 pm (IST)

Pakistan win a penalty corner early in Q2. Haseem Khan hits Surendra Kumar on the foot..

Jun 18, 2017 6:52 pm (IST)
Jun 18, 2017 6:48 pm (IST)

GOAL! Harmanpreet beats the goalkeeper! It was in-fact a bit of a mishit from Harmanpreet, who didn't get it clearly but still it was on target and manages to beat Amjad Ali in the goal. 1-0 to India..

Jun 18, 2017 6:47 pm (IST)

It's another penalty corner to India, Pradeep Mor with a brilliant take down from the long ball and he wins a penalty corner..

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India vs Pakistan Hockey, HWL Semi-final - As It Happened
A file photo of the Indian hockey team. (Getty Images)

It will also be an occasion where the love for hockey that many profess during coffee table conversations will be tested.

Call it Pakistan's decapitated sporting structure and India's rapid strides, the gulf between neighbouring nations have widened across sporting disciplines.

Harsh but truth is that against Pakistan, the rivalry is an idea borne out of all the acrimony that has festered on for years now.

The sporting rivalry against Pakistan is an idea that ignites a certain surge of rage and nationalism in Indian public.

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Gone are those days when a victory against a Pakistan cricket side comprising Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akramand Salim Malik used to evoke a tremendous sense of satisfaction.

Similarly, beating a Pakistan hockey side that had Shahbaz Ahmed, Tahir Zaman or later Sohail Abbas or Rehan Butt would feel special.

An average Indian fan knew the names of those iconic Pakistani cricketers or hockey players. But today, if Azhar Ali or Hasan Ali walks down the street, one can bet his last shirt that seven out of 10 Indian fans will need a third or fourth glance to recognise.

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