India Thrash Pakistan 7-1 For Third Straight Win

Fakhar Zaman scored 114 off 106 balls

Read Also: Champions Trophy: Gracious in defeat, Virat Kohli applauds Pakistan Despite the Indian dominance, Pakistan managed to earn two successive penalty corners in the 36th minute, but Abu Bakar Mahmood's shots were saved by goalkeeper Akash Chikte, who was fielded after half-time.

Minutes later, India secured their third penalty corner and skipper Manpreet Singh's try from a variation was brilliantly kept away by Carter. Pakistan got a consolation goal from Umar Bhutta Muhammad in the 57th minute.

In the 23rd minute, India extended the advantage with an excellent quick passing move capped by Talwinder. This goal was Pakistan's first in three encounters during which their own citadel has fallen 17 times and includes a humiliating six-goal loss to Canada.

Apart from the brace from Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Talwinder Singh also scored braces for their side. Pakistan, who made repeated incursions into the Indian half, failed to find a goal while India pounced on most of their opportunities. Pardeep Mor (49th) too contributed a goal for India.

Pakistan's cricket team rejoices after a win against arch-rival India in the 2017 ICC Championship final. But the hockey team entered the field with a great sense of goal.

It London, India, Pakistan, Argentina, England, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada and Scotland are fighting for the finals.

With their place already secured in the quarterfinals, India would be hoping to keep up the good work and keep a clean slate going into the business end of the tournament. Pakistan, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the pool after losing all three matches they have played so far. India also drew a crucial match against them at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation". But Akashdeep, a minute later scored his second goal of the match.

Another deflection from Talwinder, this time a much better one, directed into goal when the ball was in the air, made it 3-0.

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