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India finally managed a draw in their final pool match against South Africa. At the start they knew a draw for them would assure them a fourth place. The South Africans started of well opening their account in the 8th minute of the match. But just a few minutes later Sarwanjit Singh got in the equalizer. India continued to put on the pressure and just about a few minutes later Diwakar Ram got India ahead scoring his first and the teams second goal of the match. The first half ended at the score of 2-1 in favour of India.

The second half was a lot more dramatic than one would have expected. South Africa equalized very early in the second half. The Indian team kept on attacking and managed to score the third goal to move ahead, but just to their shock the goal was called off as the replays showed that it came of the South African stick and not of the Indian stick. Just a minute later South Africa earned a penalty corner and scored at it, moving ahead 3-2. Indian then counter attacked and finally gave a glimpse of what the Indian team is capable of. For the next 10-12 minutes India did not allow the ball to come to their half much, and almost everytime it did come they managed to disposssess the South Africans. In this period Indians managed to penetrate the goal twice but unfortunately both of them were from the South African stick (why aren’t there any self goals, if they had been India would have managed to win by a huge margin).

Playing under pressure and for a pride (to atleast finish 4th in the group) India managed to score the equalizer in the 65th minute of the match from the stick of Shivendra. Finally India manged to hold on the score and thematch ended as a draw with the score of 3-3. With this India managed to keep their position of 4th place in the group and now will play in the play off for the 7th-8th position.

The highs in the match has been Gurbaj Singh (well he has been the high throughout the tournament). He has played like a king and has shown his great skill in the defence. He has held his nerve on almost all occasions. I guess he has been the best player for India so far in the tournament. Also I was a bit a dissapointed that Sandeep Singh could not score a goal, he got two chances to but failed, although one of them was because of the false trap from Arjun Halappa. Also the Indian forward lacked the scoring power in this game. The penerated into the oppenets circle on numerous occasions and managed to score just on three occasions out of them.

Anyways I wish the team a good luck for its upcoming match and i hope that they win it and make it to the 7th position in the tournament. They started on a high defeating Pakistan, hopefully then can end it on a high as well. In the meanwhile Pakistan could manage only a single win and are placed last in the group table while the table has been topped by Australia and along with them England make it to the next round.

POOL B

Team              Pts Pld W D L GF GA   GD
 England             12     5   4  0 1  17   12     5
 Australia            12     5   4  0 1  23    6    17
 Spain                  9      5   3  0 2  12    8     4
 India                   4      5   1  1 3  13   17  -4
 Pakistan              3      5   1  0 4   9   16   -7
 South Africa         4      5   1  1 3  13   28  -15


Well after the dream start the Indian team had in this tournament by winning the first game very comprehensively, India were defeated by Australia in their very next game with a 5-2 scoreline. The game started with great attacking tactics from the Australian side. They looked as if they were out on a mission here.

The Indian team started on a sad note with the forward Shivendra who had opened the account for the team in the last game getting banned for 3 matches on the charges of physical assault. For India Vikram Pillay scored the goal just before the end of the first half, but it was a bit too late as the Australians already had scored three goals by then. In fact within the fisrt seven minutes of the game the Austarlian team had struck twice. The first half ended at the score of 3-1 in the favour of the Australian team.

In the second half the Indian team tried to counter attack, but ended up giving away two more goals within the first 9 minutes of the second half as well. At the 43rd minute in the match the score read 5-1 in the favour of Australia. By then almost everyone had started to realize who the eventual winner is going to be in the match. The Indian captain scored the second goal for the team to somewhat reduce the goal difference but could not save the match and the match ended at the score of 5-2. This loss also means that now India slip down to the fourth place in the table, and with only top two teams to qualify for the next round it looks a very tough road ahead for the team now.

Few disappointments in the game were that India just gave away their only television referral in the 7th minute of the match. Also Sandeep Singh got 2 chances to score in a penalty corner but could not score in either of them. Well all this happens in the game, I and hope that the Indian team will a learn a lot from this match and come out much better prepared for the next encounter when they face Spain on 4th of March, two days from now.

In the end I hope that India will give their best performance in the upcoming matches and make the country proud. I end with wishing them all the luck for the coming matches in the tournament.

POOL B

Team              Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England              6      2   1  0 0   9    6     3
 Australia             3      2   1  0 1   7    5     2
 Spain                  3      2   1  0 1   5    4     1
 India                   3      2   1  0 1   6    6    0
 Pakistan              3      2   1  0 1   3    5   -1
 South Africa         0      2   0  0 2   6   10  -2


India started the World Cup with a bang, defeating arch rivals Pakistan 4-1 in the opener. India went on the atack from the word go. It was a great team work, and it looked like that the team was out there to prove to everyone and make them realize what the countries national game is.

For India Shivendra scored the first goal from a deflection on a penalty corner in the 27th minute. Sandeep Singh then extended the lead with his drag flick in a penalty corner in the 35th minute, to end the first half 2-0. Later just a couple of minutes into the second half Prabhjot scored the third goal in the 37th minute. Then again the champion drag flicker  Sandeep Singh was in action again scoring in a penalty corner in the 56th minute. A couple of minutes later Pakistan drag flicker Sohail decreased the lead by scoring the first goal for his team in the 59th minute. Last ten minutes did not see any goal and the match ended at 4-1 in favour of India.

Earlier in the day Spain defeated South Africa 4-2 and England defeated Australia 3-2. I would just say, way to go India. I always believed we had a very good hockey team, whatever be the olympics fiasco, and finally they have proved it by convincingly winning over Pakistan. Although these are just early days, I wish the team best of luck for the tournament.

POOL B

Team              Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 India                   3      1   1  0 0   4    1    3
 Spain                  3      1   1  0 0   4    2     2
 England              3      1   1  0 0   3    2     1
 Australia             0      1   0  0 1   2    3   -1
 South Africa         0      1   0  0 1   2    4   -2
 Pakistan              0      1   0  0 1   1    4   -3