We wanted to get a good start and not concede any goals and at the same time convert the chances we created to put them under pressure.
In each of the three games of the tournament, India have capitalised on the momentum after scoring a goal. But it were India who capitalised on majority.
The lone goal for Pakistan came through Umar Bhutta three minutes from the hooter when the contest was already lost. Later, reacting to the win, the Badminton Association of India announced a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh. "We won't dwell on the Pakistan result and we'll prepare properly and look forward to the game against Canada and play for a fourth-place position". While the first strike was a lucky miss hit, there was no denying the power and precision of the second, which found the top left corner of the goal. India doubled their lead five minutes later through Akashdeep who neatly deflected in a Ramandeep pass.
Pakistan had more than a few chances at the Indian goal.
The goal was too little too late for Pakistan. It was India's biggest-ever win over Pakistan.
"For the participation of Indian team in the Hockey World League, preparation camps were held at Sports Authority of India (SAI) Southern Centre, Bengaluru and the entire cost was borne by the Sports Ministry. We will treat the match as important as any other match", Manpreet said after the match against Canada. Su Jun scored twice in the contest for China, with Su Lixing, E Liguang and Guo Zixiang also on target. Ahead of the game, England and Great Britain legend Barry Middleton was given a huge ovation by the fans in recognition of having recently become the highest capped British hockey global of all time. Vikas saved two attempts from Pakistani striker Ajaz while India was leading 2-0.
Talwinder capitalised on the advantage as he scored two goals in the second quarter.
Another deflection from Talwinder, this time a much better one, directed into goal when the ball was in the air, made it 3-0.
After a Sunday that saw India and Pakistan exchange victories in cricket and hockey, there was delight and despair on both sides of the border.