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Sultan of Johor Cup hockey: India rout Pakistan

Source: PTI
November 08, 2011 20:24 IST
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India went on a scoring spree in the second half to thrash arch-rivals Pakistan 5-1 in the Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament in Malaysia on Tuesday.

Locked 1-1 at the breather, the Indians came out a transformed side after the change of ends and scored four more goals.

Harpreet Singh, M. Guanasekar, Malak Singh, Amit Rohidas and Ramandeep Singh scored for India, while Aleem Bilal was the lone scorer for Pakistan.

Pakistan started off in whirlwind fashion as they earned their first penalty-corner in the second minute. Bilal's powerful hit found the back of the net.

Harpreet Singh equalized when he successfully converted the fourth penalty-corner in the 27th minute.

Both sides played superb hockey in the first half, India often having the better of the exchanges.

Chennai lad Malayalan Gunasekar increased the lead in the 50th minute against the run of play. He dived valiantly to deflect home a feed from the right flank and make it 2-1.

Malak Singh made it 3-1 in the 61st minute with an exquisite move conceived from the left-flank.

Three minutes later, India got a penalty stroke when Satbir Singh's shot hit a defender in the circle, leading to Australian umpire Ben de Young pointing at the dreaded spot.

Amit Rohidas converted with ease to give his side an unassailable 4-1 lead.

In the closing moments, Ramandeep Sigh, who scored three goals in the last two matches, scored his fourth to round off the tally.

"We focussed on our strengths today and played to a plan and got the results. The victory will keep us in contention," chief coach said Mukesh Kumar said.

In another match, New Australia thumped trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand 6-1.

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