After a lackluster performance in the Commonwealth Games, Indian hockey team has started the Champions Trophy on high after defeating their arch-rivals Pakistan by 4-0 in the opening match at Breda, Holland.
India, who played a draw with Pakistan by 2-2 in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, came back strongly to prove their point and totally outplayed the lower ranked Pakistan to start the Champions Trophy proceedings on a right note.
The return of Sardar Singh and veteran goalkeeper and captain Sreejesh proved out to be a good thing for the team as they played some disciplined and efficient hockey against Pakistan.
India drew the first blood after Ramandeep gracefully guided Simranjeet’s cross-in into the net to put blue tigers ahead by 1-0 just before 5 minutes to go for second quarter.
With just two minutes into the game after second half, Pakistan was denied a goal after Harmanpreet referred against the on-field umpire’s decision and in the replay it was clearly seen that the Pakistan’s striker had hit a stick instead of the ball in the circle, enough to disallow the goal.
With just 15 minutes left on the clock, Pakistan team started to put immense pressure on the Indian defence but the Asian Champions counter attacked and a superb pass by Surender Kumar found Dilpreet on the edge of the circle, who scored a great field goal to double the Indian lead by 2-0.
After getting two goals down, Pakistan decided to take off their Goal-keeper Imran Butt off to have an extra player on the field, but this decision back fired as India exploited the Pakistan’s defence in last 5 minutes to score two back to back goals from the sticks of Mandeep Singh and Lalit Upadhaya.
India will have a uphill task ahead as they will take on Rio Olympics Champion Argentina tomorrow at 3:30 pm (IST) in their second match of the Champions Trophy 2018.
This is how Twitter reacted to India’s win over Pakistan:
Thrashing Pakistan has become a delightful habit for the Indian hockey team! 4-0! 😁 #INDvPAK
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) June 23, 2018
Be it GDP
Be it Economy
Be in English
Be it Cricket
Be it Hockey
Be it Kabbadi.
Be it on LOC
Be it About Kashmir
Be it World cup
Pakistani's Born To Loose Against India.#TeamIndia Hockey won By 4-0
— Sir Yuzvendra Chahalᴳᴼᴸᴰ (@SirChahal) June 23, 2018
— Prashant Patel Umrao (@ippatel) June 23, 2018
Congratulations Team India On Beating Arch Rivals In Hockey Today By A Huge Margin 🎉🎊🎉
Kal Kabbadi Main Pachhad Diya Aaj Hockey Main Bhi Fail Kar Diya Inko !
— Dr Khushboo 👩🏻⚕️ (@khushikadri) June 23, 2018
Fantastic win for our team. It’s always great to begin on a winning note as it sets the momentum for the rest of the tournament. Bigger challenges lie ahead, and we are more than ready!
Come on #TeamIndia! Chakde!#INDvPAK #HCT2018 @TheHockeyIndia
— Rupinder Pal Singh (@rupinderbob3) June 23, 2018
What stood out for IND in 4-0 v Pak
1. Positioning of Indian defence.
2. The way Indian forwards fell back to defend after losing the ball
3. Match awareness of the midfield
4. Dilpreet's cool-headed goal
Next India play Argentina tomorrow at 3:30pm IST#HCT2018 #hockey #INDvPAK
— Jaspreet Sahni (@JaspreetSSahni) June 23, 2018
Well played India. And Incredibly stupid game Pakistan. How can you drag the goalkeeper out into attack with so much time to go. If that’s how dumb Oltmans is, he’s good riddance for us. Deserved the 0-4 humiliation. #INDvPAK
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) June 23, 2018