Toronto revellers celebrate as Pakistan crushes India in cricket championship match

Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar exchange words.─AFP  File

Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar exchange words.─AFP File

Overall, Pakistan, ranked No 13 in the world, enjoyed more possession and entries to the D in their final pool game and they took the game to Scotland early on in searing heat which reached 35C at pitch side. "Cricket also playing Champions Trophy final and we are confident that India will win in Cricket as well as in Hockey", stated skipper Manpreet Singh about their next match against Pakistan. They defeated Scotland 4-1, Canada 3-0 before demolishing arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1 yesterday. India did not relent and made it 5-0, with forward Akashdeep getting himself on the scorer's list courtesy a sublime pass from Sardar Singh. A left side attack resulted in Pardeep Mor receiving the ball on the right side of the circle.

Pakistan saved the blushes with a consolation goal in the 57th minute by Umar Bhutta Muhammad. India maintained the 4-0 lead until the end of 4th quarter.

The game was well and truly over when Harmanpreet lifted the ball over Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali from a penalty corner at the start of the second half. Especially, a comeback in this game is badly needed, Indian National team proved all that in its stunning victory against Pakistan, that too in Semi-Finals. "We will treat the match as important as any other match", Manpreet said after the match against Canada.

Both teams traded PCs in the second quarter with Pakistan winning a PC in the opening minute of the quarter while India earned a PC in the 18th minute but both teams could not convert the chance. Sardar was previous year accused by British-Indian hockey player Ashpal Bhogal, insisting to be his ex-fiancé, of rape and assault both in India and UK.

"We played very well as a team today, fighting hard in the hot weather but the spirit is very high", said China Head Coach Cui Yingbiao after the contest.

The match never went out of India's grip and they continued to torment Canada.

"We have got some new faces up front and they are firing, so teams will have to be wary of that now".

"We play with no pressure". As sportsmen, the Indian hockey teams have always shown solidarity and compassion towards the soldiers and have often dedicated their victories to the Indian Army.

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