New Delhi. India has defeated Pakistan 10-2 in men’s hockey in Hangzhou Asian Games. Under the leadership of Harmanpreet Singh, Team India achieved its fourth consecutive win. With this, India has also qualified for the semi-finals. Now India will face Bangladesh in the last Pool-A match. For Team India, captain Harmanpreet Singh scored four goals, while Varun scored two goals. Lalit, Shamsher, Mandeep and Sumit scored one goal each. This is the first time in an India-Pakistan hockey match that either team has scored 10 goals. India has created this record.
In the first quarter, India scored the first goal in the eighth minute itself. Mandeep Singh scored a field goal and gave Team India a 1-0 lead. After this, in the 11th minute, India got a penalty stroke for the foul of the Pakistani goalkeeper. On this, captain Harmanpreet Singh scored a goal to put the Indian team ahead 2-0. The Indian team had a 2-0 lead in the first quarter.
In the 17th minute of the second quarter, Indian captain Harmanpreet Singh scored a brilliant goal with a drag flick at the penalty corner and increased Team India’s lead to 3-0. After this, in the 30th minute i.e. the last moments of the second quarter, India scored the fourth goal due to the combination of Sumit, Lalit and Gurjant. By halftime, India had taken a 4-0 lead over Pakistan.
In the 33rd minute of the third quarter, India got another penalty stroke on a foul by Pakistan. On this, captain Harmanpreet completed a hat-trick of goals. After this, in the 34th minute, Harmanpreet scored a four with a drag flick at the penalty corner. In the 38th minute, Pakistan’s Sufiyan Mohammad scored a brilliant goal with a drag flick at the penalty corner. This was Pakistan’s first goal in the match. After this, in the 41st minute, India’s Varun Kumar scored a brilliant goal on Sukhjeet’s pass and increased India’s lead to 7-1. After this, in the last moments of the third quarter, Pakistan’s Abdul made a comeback for Pakistan by scoring a goal from the penalty corner. India had a 7-2 lead over Pakistan in the third quarter.
India’s Shamsher scored a brilliant field goal in the 46th minute of the fourth quarter. This was India’s eighth goal in this match. After this, in the 49th minute, Lalit Upadhyay scored a goal from Jarmanpreet Singh and increased India’s lead to 9-2. In the 53rd minute, Varun scored his second goal of the match and India’s 10th goal.
India’s performance has been excellent and they have won all three matches so far in Pool A. At the same time, Pakistan team has also won all its three matches in the pool leg. The Indian team is in great form. They had defeated Uzbekistan 16-0 in their Pool-A match. After this, the team led by Harmanpreet Singh defeated Singapore 16-1 and achieved its second consecutive win. Then Team India scored a hat-trick of wins by defeating 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Japan 4-2. At the same time, in its first match of Pool A, Pakistan had defeated Singapore 11-0, Bangladesh 5-2 and Uzbekistan 18-2.
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