Rupinder's brace helps India beat Pak again in Azlan Shah
Riding on drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh's two goals, India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 4-2 in a thrilling Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey match to avoid finishing last yesterday.
Rupinder found the target via a penalty corner in the ninth minute and then converted a penalty stroke in the 62nd minute. Akashdeep Singh (35th minute) and Malak Singh (44th minute) scored the other goals for India in the fifth-sixth place classification match.
For Pakistan, who ended with the wooden spoon, skipper Muhammad Imran scored in the seventh minute through a penalty corner while Kashif Shah Syed sounded the board in the 46th minute.
By virtue of this win, the young Indian side stamped its authority over the arch-rivals in the tournament having won the league encounter 3-1 earlier. Though it was fast-paced match, India certainly looked the better side.
Both sides had a quick exchange of attacks from the very beginning and Pakistan went into the lead with skipper Muhammad Imran scoring from the first penalty corner of the match.