India registered an emphatic 4-1 win over its arch rival Pakistan in their first face off in the World Cup Hockey tournament at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here on Sunday.
Sandeep Singh scored twice while Shivendra and Prabhjot Singh scored one each to ensure a memorable win for Indian Hockey lovers all around.
In the first half, India scored two goals and dominated the second-half of the match. With Prabhjot Singh scoring the third goal, India took a moral boosting 3-0 lead in the match.
In the first-half, Sandeep Singh offered the edge by converting one penalty corner into a goal and earned India 2-0 lead in the 35th minute of the match. Earlier, in the 27th minute, India took a 1-0 lead over arch-rival Pakistan when Shivendra Singh converted one penalty corner.
The Indian players kept their momentum high by scoring at regular intervals and not looking casual anywhere during the match despite their lead.
However, Pakistan”s Sohail Abbas converted one penalty corner in the 60th minute to bring a sigh of relief which went in vain just after Man of the Match Sandeep scored his second goal.