India beat Pak in Azlan Shah hockey
India thwarted a series of late charges from Pakistan to notch up a stunning 2-1 win to stay in contention for the title in the Azlan Shah hockey tournament at Ipoh on Thursday. The Indians attacked from the beginning with Shivendra Singh leading the forward line with command. He provided two good chances that were wasted.
Indian drag-flickers Sandeep Singh (6th minute) and Diwakar Ram (20th) scored a goal apiece, while veteran Pakistani mid-fielder Mohammad Saqlain (58th) netted for his side. With this third straight win in the tournament, India has now nine points from five matches.
However, the manager of the Indian team, Pargat Singh, regretted the poor show from the midfielders in the second half. But, both the coach and the manager lauded goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza, who thwarted several attacks from the Pakistan forwards in the second half, which contributed hugely in India’s much-required win.