Pakistan drub India in semis


For Pakistan, Rehan Butt scored three goals (2nd minute, 29th, 64th), Sohail Abbas struck twice (32 and 70) and Haseem Khan slotted one in the 58th minute. India scored through Dhananjay Mahadik (8th, 62nd) and Diwakar Ram (67).

Pakistan will now clash with New Zealand in the final and for a berth in the 2010 Champions Trophy in Monchengladbach, Germany. New Zealand defeated Argentina 3-2 in the other semifinal.

Butt opened the scoring for Pakistan within two minutes of play, sounding the board with a seemingly harmless shot. Less than two minutes later, Prabhjot Singh and Muhammad Irfan were sent off with yellow cards. With another Pakistani player shown a green card, India forced a penalty corner and Dhananjay did not miss the opportunity to equalise.
India had the momentum and Salman Akbar in the Pakistani goal faced a barrage of shots after some spectacular moves.

Indian goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza made up for his initial mistake by stopping Butt at the top of the circle, but there was little he could do on a superb shot by Butt in the 29th minute. Sohail Abbas added to the tally with a penalty corner strike and things suddenly looked bright for Pakistan.

In the second half, India had a long period of domination with a beautiful chance for Rajpal after a quick series of passes in the circle, but his deflection on the far post went just wide.

With time running out, India went all out, exposing their defence and Haseem took advantage to put Pakistan 4-1 ahead.
The dying moments of the game saw four goals in eight minutes. First Dhananjay converted a penalty corner and then Butt slotted in his third goal.
Diwakar scored through another penalty corner and Sohail slotted home a penalty stroke after his last penalty-corner was wrongly stopped.
India will now face Argentina in the classification round.

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