2016-17 FIH Hockey World League Semifinals


The India hockey team on Sunday wore black armbands during their match against Pakistan to condole the deaths of martyrs in the recent attacks on the Indian army. After another forward push, SV Sunil took the hit and Talwinder gently pushed the ball inside the goalpost to give India a 2-0 lead in the 21st minute.

The two teams had a PC in the first five minutes of the second quarter as well but failed to strike. Pakistan got a consolation goal from Umar Bhutta Muhammad in the 57th minute.

Vijay Goel said, "For the participation of Indian team in the Hockey World League, preparation camps were held at Sports Authority of India (SAI) Southern Centre, Bengaluru and the entire cost was borne by the Union Sports Ministry".

Aleem Bilal made a hash of Pakistan's fifth PC with a feeble push. Pardeep Mor (49th) too contributed a goal for India.

The top four countries in each five-team group will contest the quarter finals, with the four semi-finalists advancing to the HWL Final in Bhubaneswar in India.

Cricket captain Virat Kohli, who is leading the men-in-blue for the first time in a major International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament, wished his hockey counterparts the best ahead of the marquee clash.

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According to the skipper, India's conversion rate in field goals is now "well above 30 per cent" which is what the team were vying for. The previous best performances against Pakistan for India were two identical 7-4 wins, in the 2003 Champions Trophy and 2010 Commonwealth Games.

India continued in the same vein in the second quarter and increased their lead in the 18th minute through Sardar who pushed home from a Ramandeep pass.

Pakistan lost 0-4 to The Netherlands in their opening match on Thursday and will play Canada later on Friday.

Like India, The Netherlands also have a maximum six points after two matches after they overcame a stern challenge from Scotland.

Canada displayed free flowing hockey during play. In the 49th minute of the game, Pradeep Mor scored his first goal of the match to stretch the lead by 6-0. Akashdeep struck in the dying minutes to seal India's 7-1 win.