India celebrates its emphatic win over Ghana
India celebrates its emphatic win over Ghana

India routs lowly Ghana 11-0 in hockey

It was a completely dominating performance from the Indians as they hardly allowed Ghana into their D.

BIRMINGHAM: The Indian men’s hockey team decimated lowly Ghana 11-0 in its opening Pool B match of the Commonwealth Games here on Sunday.

As expected, the Indians were relentless in their attacks and completely controlled the proceedings from start to finish.The Indians played to their strength and scored five in the first half before pumping in four and two goals in the last two quarters.

India converted six out of 13 penalty corners it earned in the match. Vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh (11th, 35th, 53rd) scored a hat-trick, while Abhishek (2nd minute), Shamsher Singh (14th), Akashdeep Singh (20th), Jugraj Singh (22nd, 43rd), Nilakanta Sharma (38th), Varun Kumar (39th) and Mandeep Singh (48th) were the other goal getters for India.

It was a completely dominating performance from the Indians as they hardly allowed Ghana into their D.

Ghana had its occasional chances in the form of five penalty corners but the Indian defence was up to its best to deny its opponent.

The Indians were straightaway on the money, securing their first penalty corner in the very first minute of the match and Abhishek was at the right time at the right place to find the target on rebound.

The Indians kept up the pressure and secured another penalty corner in the 11th minute which was duly converted by Harmanpreet. Shamsher extended India’s lead by pushing home a brilliant move from Lalit Upadhayay and Abhishek. Akshdeep made the scoreline 4-0 in the 20th minute with a fine reverse hit after receiving an accurate pass from Abhishek. India was awarded a penalty corner two minutes later and Jugraj was up to the task. Five minutes after the change of ends, Harmanpreet scored his second goal from a penalty corner.

India women beat Wales 3-1

Vandana Katariya scored a brace as the Indian women’s hockey team defeated Wales 3-1 to record its second successive win in Pool A.

India scored all its three goals from penalty corners with Vandana finding the net twice, while Gurjit Kaur fired in a fierce drag-flick on Saturday.

The Indians were the much better side on display as they controlled the game from start to finish, barring a few phases.

Penalty corner conversion still continued to be a concern for India as it made use of three out of the seven it earned in the match.

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