Penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final here on Sunday.
Men in Blue - India will face off arch-rivals Pakistan in their third match of the 2017 World Hockey League on Saturday in London.
It means Canada have opened their account with a win, while Pakistan failed to bounce back from an opening 4-0 loss to The Netherlands yesterday. Harmanpreet Singh enthralled the Indian fans, who had turned up in full strength with India's fourth goal in the 33rd minute.
India have a fair record against Canada, having won their league stage matches in the 2015 and 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a score of 5-3 and 3-1 respectively.
Contrary to the result, it was Pakistan who made a bright start but their domination lasted only the first 10 minutes.
There was still time for Scotland to have a goal of their own chalked off via video referral, with Alan Forsyth's effort from a penalty corner disallowed as it was unclear whether the ball had touched a stick on its way into the net. Talwinder first got a touch on Ramandeep's goal-bound shot in the 21st minute and his opportunism then produced a shoulder-high deflection on Akashdeep's diagonal ball into the circle in the 24th minute.
India head coach Roelant Oltmans said: "In the first half, we played really well".
There India had beaten Pakistan in the final. It was a great teamwork to score the goal. We have to start well and finish well.
This is not the first time that a hockey team player has expressed displeasure and sadness at the lives lost in the valley. "We will treat the match as important as any other match", Manpreet said after the match against Canada.
"I wish our hockey team all the best".
Both India and Pakistan are placed in Pool B along with Scotland, Netherlands and Pakistan, while Pool A features Argentina, England, South Korea, China and Malaysia.
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