PAK V IND ( ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015
India’s Ramandeep Singh and Greenshirts’ captain Muhammad Imran both bagged doubles in a classic Pakistan-India derby match that finished 2-2, giving both sides a share of the spoils on Day 6 at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp.
The result moved India onto seven points in Pool A with Pakistan up to four points, enough to guarantee their place in the cross-over quarter-finals.
In a match described as the “best of the tournament” by Pakistan Head Coach Shahnaz Sheikh in the post-game press conference, India took an early lead when Ramandeep dived in at the back post to deflect home in the 13th minute before Pakistan’s veteran defender Imran buried a second quarter penalty stroke to restore parity.
Imran hit the target again shortly after half time with a penalty corner drag-flick rocket to put Pakistan ahead before a smart turn and shot on the backhand from Indian ace Ramandeep completed the match scoring in front of a large, passionate contingent of fans that cheered on both nations throughout.
"They are always exciting games for everyone”, said India captain Sardar Singh after the game. “Both teams played a good match, but it was lucky for us to get a draw. A lot of Indian fans were looking forward to this game and I hope they enjoyed what they saw."
On being unbeaten so far he added: "We're just taking it one match at a time. Our next game is against Australia and I hope we will do better."
Pakistan captain Muhammad Imran said: "I'm very happy. Although it was a draw we played a very good game and we could have won it. It's a pool match and we are looking forward. We'll look at the mistakes we made in this match but in the end I am happy with the performance of my team."
He continued: "It's exciting - I got two goals which gives me confidence going into the next matches."
- Match 14
- Date Fri, 26 Jun 2015
- Time 16:00
- Venue KHC Dragons