Days after the sweet victory in cricket against South Africa, the Sunday’s match of the FIH Hockey World Cup held in India kept the viewers at the edge of their seats, pitting India versus Pakistan. Both nations are gunning down each other’s soldiers across at the borders, so when their hockey teams were on the ground, tension in the air was as tight as the match that followed. By the end of the clash of sticks, the Indian emerged victorious by 4 goals, against Pakistan’s 1.
The home team converted two penalty corners out of three to go 2-0 up the first half. Immediately after the start of the second half, popular player Prabhjot Singh penetrated a bunch of skirmishing Pakistani defenders to score India’s third goal.
Four-time winners Pakistan are led by Zeeshan Ashraf, who had said recently that beating India here would mean more to Pakistani fans than winning the Cup itself. India, the 1975 champs, are led by Rajpal Singh. India coach Jose Brasa has said India must keep their emotions under check while playing Pakistan.
Spain defeated South Africa 4-2 in the opening match of the World Cup at New Delhi’s Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Sunday. Next, England defeated Australia with 3-2 game score.