HWL semis: Upbeat Team India take on lowly Canada today


In the second match of the Hockey World League semi final, India recorded a comprehensive victory over Canada by defeating them 3-0 on Saturday.

"We were so good in all aspects of our game today, but the best part was our attacking", said shot-stopper Carter.

"The idea will be to stick to the plans which the coach draws up before the matches against both (Canada and Pakistan) teams". He asked us to bring more energy and aggression into our game. Team Pakistan's next match will be against their arch-rivals India on June 18.

So, India will need to be at their absolute best, if they are to come out smiling at the end of the match in London.

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After the mini scare against Scotland, India can not afford to take any side lightly even if Canada is ranked 11th in the world as against India's sixth. "They can come up with a good game and hence it is important for us to stick to the roles assigned by our coach and execute them as planned", Manpreet said.

What that result showed was how far Pakistan have slumped in world hockey, with their world ranking now at 13, two slots below the Canadians and seven below their opponents on Sunday India.

While most of the fans are focused on India-Pakistan final at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 cricket tournament at London's Oval stadium, there is another game between the teams, but in a different sport, in the same city.

India also won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup match against Pakistan by a convincing 5-1 margin.

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He further emphasised that India has no added pressure as being the host it is already assured of a place in the Hockey World League Final to be held in Bhubaneswar later this year.

Pakistan lost 0-4 to The Netherlands in their opening match on Thursday and will play Canada later on Friday.

India earned their second penalty corner in the 25th minute but Jasjeet Singh Khular's try went wide of the target as Roelant Oltmans' men went into the breather with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

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