However, India can not take this match lightly, because as they have found out in the past, this Pakistan hockey team have a habit of raising their game against their biggest rivals. Sunil Sowmarpet and Akashdeep Singh established a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, with Sardar Singh making it 3-0 early in the second quarter. This was the first game between the two sides, since the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy final, which India won 3-2.
In the 42nd minute, Pakistan went into the lead for the first time in the tournament. India maintained the 4-0 lead until the end of 4th quarter. Read Also: Champions Trophy: Gracious in defeat, Virat Kohli applauds Pakistan Despite the Indian dominance, Pakistan managed to earn two successive penalty corners in the 36th minute, but Abu Bakar Mahmood's shots were saved by goalkeeper Akash Chikte, who was fielded after half-time. Canada won their second PC with less than two minute for the final hooter but a great stop by Surender Kumar denied Canada from converting and India walked away victorius. The hockey fraternity in India has always been vocal about the pride and respect it has for the Indian soldiers and always condemned such barbaric acts.
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"It has been a real long time since we scored six times against a top 20 ranked team, so I am really happy about how we played".
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on Saturday urged the Indian government to "soften their stance" and resume bilateral cricket series with the neighbouring country. They remained the better side nearly throughout the first quarter.
DESIblitz congratulates India on this fantastic win against Pakistan and wishes them all the best for the future. We are not under pressure. India have confirmed a quarter-final place in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
"The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation".