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India completes a hockey “double” against Canada in Commonwealth Games

In the men’s game, Indian supremacy was seldom in doubt against a young and new look Canadian team.

In one of the rarest doubles in hockey, Indian men and women, recorded wins against their Canadian counterparts in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Wednesday.

While Indian women just managed to score a 3-2 win over Canada, Indian men were at ease in their pool game against Canada by racing to an 8-0 win.

The win for Indian women was crucial as they needed three points to stay in the hunt for a place in the semis. Canada needed only a draw to move up.

However, the day belonged to India as it enjoyed a winning day in hockey.

In the men’s game, Indian supremacy was seldom in doubt against a young and new look Canadian team.

India started well by taking the lead in the sixth minute through its third penalty corner. Deep defender and drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh was on the target. Later in the second half, Harmanpreet added another goal for India .

In between, it was a pleasant surprise to drag flicker and defender Amit Rohidas scoring a beautiful field goal with a rasping drive.

With a 2-0 lead under its belt, India continued its dominance in the second quarter when Lalit made full use of a rebound from the  fifth penalty corner. And before the teams broke for half time, Gurjant scored an opportunist goal in the 27th minute to make it 4-0.

Two brilliant goals with rasping drives from the top of the striking circle by Akashdeep Singh were the highlights of the second half in which Canada did try to pose some challenges to the Indian defence.

Akashdeep scored in the 38th and 60th minute.

In between Harmanpreet Singh from a penalty corner in the  55th minute and Mandeep Singh in the 57th minute scored for India. Goal by Mandeep Singh, the seventh for India, was perhaps the best of the day.

With this win, India has moved to the top of the table with two wins and a draw against England on better goal average.

In the women’s game, India squandered a comfortable 2-0 lead before clinching the match winner, eight minutes before the final whistle.

Salima Tete (3rd minute), Navneet Kaur (22nd minute) and Lalremsiami (51st minute) were the scorers for India, while  Brienne Stairs (23rd minute) and Hannah Haughn (39the minute) scored for Canada.

Trailing 0-2, Canada never gave up and fought tooth and nail. Taking full advantage of opportunities coming its way, it made the score 2-2 midway in the second half and even threatened the Indian defence to take its campaign forward for a possible win. However, India, after scoring the decisive goal, held on to its lead to secure a possible berth in the semi-finals.

 

 

 

Prabhjot Singh

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