Pakistan knocked out of Azlan Shah Cup


IPOH—Pakistan’s hopes of putting up a good show at the 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup died on Tuesday as they suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India in Ipoh.
The Pakistan hockey team was left looking for answers as India continued to advance in front of a weak defence. India’s strength lied in their aggressive gameplay and Pakistan continued to miss out on several scoring opportunities.
With the win, India has made a strong case to enter the medal round, while Pakistan have virtually been knocked out of the tournament.
Five-time winners India finished with the bronze last year and have now won three out of their four encounters in the tournament, beating Japan (2-1), Canada (3-1) and Pakistan.
On the other hand, Pakistan have won just one game beating Canada (3-1) before losing to New Zealand (5-3), Australia (4-0) and India.
Before the start of this match, Pakistan stood at sixth in the standings. Pakistan, after failing to qualify for Rio Olympics, were hoping to put up a good show in Malaysia.
India Squad: Goalkeepers: Harjot Singh, Akash Anil Chikte Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Jasjit Singh Kular, Kothajit Singh, Surender Singh, Harmanpreet Singh Midfielders: Danish Mujtaba, Chinglensena Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sardar Singh (C), SK Uthappa, Harjeet Singh Forwards: Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah.
Pakistan Squad: Goalkeepers: Imran Butt, Mazhar Abbas, Defenders: Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan (C), Syed Kashif Shah, Midfielders: Fareed Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan Jr, Mohammad Toseeq Arshad, Rashid Mahmood, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Forwards: Mohammad Waqas Sharif, Shafqat Rasool, Mohammad Umar Bhutta, Mohammad Kashif Ali, Mohammad Dilber, Mohammad Rizwan Senior, Ali Shan, Mohammad Azfar Yaqoob.—AFP

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