Scotland beaten by India


Assured of a spot in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final in Bhubaneswar later this year as hosts, India will not be under pressure when they begin their campaign in the HWL Semifinal against Scotland in London on Thursday.

Pool action will draw to a close on June 20, with the top four teams in each group advancing to the quarter-finals, which will be held two days later.

The previous team had narrowly missed out on their qualification for the 2016 edition of the Junior Women's World Cup.

The top four teams at the tournament will secure their places at the Hockey World League Final, but it will depend on India's performance.

Now India are looked upon as a power to reckon with in world hockey and have scaled up to sixth position in the worldwide rankings. India are placed in Pool "B" alongside Pakistan, Canada, The Netherlands and Scotland, while Pool "A" comprises Argentina, England, Malaysia, Korea and China. The last eight is scheduled for June 22, the semi-finals two days later and Finals day set for June 25. In the 40th minute, Manpreet Singh whipped in a ball from just beyond the centre-line, and Akashdeep timed his run to perfection to dink the ball past Alexander.

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However Chinglensana Singh, India's new vice-captain, said that he is more than ready for the London event.

India got their first opening when Pardeep Mor came down the right in the eighth minute, and worked his way into the Scotland circle, but failed to find Ramandeep at the far post due to some alert goalkeeping from Thomas Alexander.

But it is the backline, which would be a cause of concern for Oltmans and the Dutchman will rely on Kothajit Singh and Harmanpreet Singh to share the burden in the absence of Rupinderpal Singh, who suffered a last-minute hamstring injury.

Rupinder has been replaced by Jasjit Singh Kular, who doubles up as a drag-flicker while Uthappa's place in the side has gone to Sumit, who made his senior team debut in this year's Azlan Shah Cup. India's young goalkeeper Akash Chikte too held his nerve to ensure India walked away with a 4-1 win.

In the other Pool B match of the day, Pakistan will take on mighty Netherlands.