India thrash Pak in junior hockey

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India pumped in four goals in the second session in a sizzling display of attacking hockey to post a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Pakistan in the Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 men’s tournament here on Wednesday.
India, who completely outplayed their opponents, struck three goals in the space of 11 minutes after resumption through Sukhmonjit Singh (38th and 46th minutes) and Imran Khan (45th) before Ramandeep Singh fired in his fourth goal of the tournament in the 61st minute.
It was an spectacular performance by India in the second half that saw them win by a huge margin over Pakistan, who were on equal terms with their neighbours till the half time.
India were a completely different outfit in the second session, which turned out to be a completely one-sided affair as they dictated the pace of the game by using both the flanks well and distributing the ball nicely to mount raids into the rivals’ striking circle almost at will.
With the day’s win, their third on the trot, India are on top of the league table along with hosts Malaysia with nine points from three victories from as many matches. The Indians are in a strong position to make it to the final.
With two matches left to be played by all six teams, Pakistan are on third spot with six points, Argentina and Korea on one point each, while England are yet to open their account.
The top two teams after the round robin matches will play in the final, while the third and fourth-place outfits will fight for the bronze medal.

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