Indian men’s hockey team thrashes Canada 8-0

Indian Hockey players celebrating victory over Canada.
Indian Hockey players celebrating victory over Canada.

Birmingham, Aug 3:

Harmanpreet Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace each as the Indian men’s hockey team produced a completely dominating performance to rout Canada 8-0 in their third match and jump to the top of Pool B at the Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.
Harmanpreet (7th, 54th minute) converted two penalty corners while Akashdeep Singh (38th, 60th) scored two fine field goals. Amit Rohidas (10th), Lalit Upadhyay (20th), Gurjant Singh (27th) and Mandeep Singh (58th) were the other goal scorers for India.
With the win, India jumped to the top of the pool ahead of England. The Indians play Wales in their final group match on Thursday.
The Indians recovered from the jolt of a 4-4 draw against England after leading 3-0 at one stage in their last match as they came out with more purpose and completely dominated Canada in the first two quarters.
India’s first scoring chance came in the fifth minute in the form of back-to-back penalty corners but Canada’s Balraj Panesar made a goal-line save to deny Harmanpreet from the second attempt.
But Harmanpreet was not to be denied much longer as she gave India the lead two minutes later with a powerful drag-flick from another set piece.
Three minutes later, defender Rohidas scored a brilliant field goal. He stormed into the circle with his silky stick work and slotted the ball home after receiving a defence splitting long ball from Varun Kumar.
The Indians continued in the same vein in the second quarter and secured two quick penalty corners in the 19th minute, the second of which resulted to a goal.
Lalit slapped in a loose ball off a rebound after Varun Kumar’s flick was kept away by Canadian goalkeeper Ethan McTavish to hand India a 3-0 lead.
The Canadian custodian pulled off another fine save in the 24th minute to keep out Abhishek’s reverse shot from the top of the circle. McTavish made another fine save to deny Jugraj Singh from another penalty corner. (PTI)