Pillay, Rajpal strike as India take 3-0 lead

Pillay, Rajpal strike as India take 3-0 lead

Vikram Pillay (22nd minute) and Rajpal Singh (38th) were the scorers for India. India now lead the seven-match series 3-0. The third match was a draw.

India put up a dominating display with good midfield coordination backed by an alert defence. Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh effected some brave saves from penalty corners and open play to deny the Canadians any goal.

Canada began on an attacking mode using their flanks with long passes, resulting in three early penalty corners which were blocked by Sreejesh.

India were awarded a penalty stroke in the 22nd minute and Pillay converted the spot push to the left of goalkeeper Matt Peck to give India the lead.

India earned two penalty corners shortly after the goal. The ball was not stopped cleanly in the first, Sandeep Singh flicked the second wide.

India got their second goal in the 38th minute when Prabhjot Singh picked up the ball from the sideline just inside the Canada half and dribbled his way to the quarter line past three defenders before setting up winger Rajpal Singh. The powerful forehand unleashed by Rajpal from the edge of the circle brooked no answer.