Dominant India beat Pakistan 4-2 in Azlan Shah

Dominant India beat Pakistan 4-2 in Azlan Shah

India led 1-0 at half time with Sardar Singh scoring from a rebound off their second penalty corner.In the second half, Mandeep Antil (47th minute), Gurbaj Singh (53rd) and Tushar Khandker (56th) sounded the board while Pakistan reduced margin through Mohammad Imran (37th) and Kashif Ali (66th).

Putting behind yesterday's lacklustre show against China, India dished out an aggressive display throughout the opening half with attacks from both flanks.The Indian mid-fielders moved in tandem and with rapid inter-positional play and substitutions had the Pakistan defence on its toe.

Rupinder Pal Singh sent the first ripples when he drove a fierce hit from the left but captain Rajpal Singh failed to connect.Soon Rajpal set up Shivendra Singh in the circle but the striker could not beat Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Shah.The Indians mounted attacks after attacks but the goal eluded them. Both Sarwanjit Singh and Mandeep Antil deflected over, while Bharat Chikara and Tushar Khandker also fumbled.

India did not give any room for the Pakistan forwards to progress into their danger zone as Sardar Singh stood tall with support from Dhananjay Mahadik and Arjun Halappa, alongside Gurbaj Singh and Vikas Pillay.

India got their first penalty corner when Antil cut in from the left flank only to find Rashid Muhammad's foot. Mahadhik's flick was padded dangerously leading to another penalty corner when Sardar Singh pushed home from a rebound.

Pakistan earned their first penalty corner from a stray attack with Mahadik committing the breach while challenging striker Abdul Haseem Khan. Amir Shahzad, however, wasted the opportunity.

Pakistan came back strongly on resumption in the second half and found the equaliser from a penalty stroke conceded by a deliberate obstruction by Rupinder Pal.
The execution by captain Mohammad Imran in the 37th minute had no answer from Indian custodian Sreejesh.

Stung by this reversal, India accelerated their pace mounting further pressure on the Pakistan defence.They went ahead again in the 47th minute when Gurbaj set up Antil whose faint deflection beat the Pakistani custodian.

The Indian domination continued as six minutes later they increased their lead with Gurbaj nailing one from atop the circle.With the swing in favour of India, Tushar Khandker cashed in to score the fourth goal from a turnover spearheaded by Shivendra Singh in the 56th minute.

Pakistan were able to put one past goalkeeper Sreejesh from their second penalty corner when Kashif Ali found the target.India now have four points from two outings and will next play Asian champions South Korea on Sunday.In an earlier fixture, world champions Australia comfortably beat Egypt 4-0.