CWG 2022: Indian men’s hockey team thrashes Canada 8-0 to inch closer to semifinals | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Harman Preet Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as the Indian men’s hockey team produced a completely dominating performance to beat Canada 8-0 in their third game and climb to the top of Group B at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
Harmanpreet (7th, 54th minute) converted two penalty corners while Akashdeep Singh (38th, 60th) scored two fine field goals. Amit Rohidas (10th), Lalit Upadhyay (20th), Gurjant Singh (27th) and Mandeep Singh (58th) were India’s other scorers.
With this victory, India jumped to the top of the pool ahead of England. The Indians will face Wales in their final group game on Thursday.

The Indians recovered from the jolt of a 4-4 draw with England after leading 3-0 at one point in their last match as they came out with more determination and completely dominated Canada in the during the first two quarters.
India’s first scoring chance came in the fifth minute in the form of back-to-back penalty corners, but Canadian Balraj Panesar made a goal-line save to deny Harmanpreet from the second attempt.
But Harmanpreet was not denied any longer as she put India ahead two minutes later with a powerful drag flick from another set piece.
Three minutes later, defender Rohidas scored a superb basket. He burst into the circle with his silky stick work and brought the ball home after receiving a long split ball from Varun Kumar’s defence.
The Indians continued in the same vein in the second quarter and earned two quick penalty corners in the 19th minute, the second of which resulted in a goal.
Lalit slapped a stray ball on a rebound after Varun Kumar’s kick was cleared by Canadian keeper Ethan McTavish to give India a 3-0 lead.
The Canadian keeper made another great save in the 24th minute to prevent Abhishek’s reverse shot from the top of the circle. McTavish made another fine save to save Jugraj Singh from another penalty corner.
Seconds later, a diving Gurjant deflected Hardik Singh’s pass from the left flank to extend India’s lead.
Canada earned a penalty corner in the 28th minute but failed to use it as India entered the halfway mark with a comfortable 4-0 lead.
The Indians keep up the pressure after the change of camp and mount attacks after attacks on the Canadian citadel.
In the 38th minute, Akashdeep scored with a slap shot after being set up by a fine one-touch play from skipper Manpreet Singh and Nilkanata Singh.
In the fourth and final quarter, McTavish made a double save on a penalty corner to prevent Mandeep and Vivek Sagar Prasad.
Canada earned a penalty corner soon after, but India defended their chance.
In the last six minutes of the match, India fired three more goals which came from the sticks of Harmanpreet, Mandeep and Akashdeep.

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