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India outclassed Pakistan 5-1 to stay on course for a place in the final of the Azlan Shah Cup.

 

It was a devastating display of clinical finishing as four of the Indian goals were from field attempts.

 

Both the teams had lost their matches against Workd champs Australia , India losing 5-1 while Pakistan were handed a 4-0 defeat.

 

Both had to win to stand a chance to make the final or at least assure themselves of a podium finish.

 

India took the lead in the 3rd minute as Manpreet Singh broke on the left before unleashing a reverse hit that left Imran Butt stranded.

 

But Pakistan hit back in the 7th minute as skipper Muhammad Irfan converted a penalty corner to make it 1-1.

 

However SV Sunil was at hand to select a pass from Manpreet to give India the 2-1 lead in the 10th minute,

 

Pakistan then took control of the match and looked more likely to score but it was India who struck again.

 

SV Sunil was on hand to finish off a brilliant move in the 41st minute for a 3-1 lead.

 

Talwinder Singh made it 4-1 after pouncing on a poor clearance by Muhammad Rizwan.

 

Rupinderpal Singh inflicted further damage by converting a penalty corner in the  54th minute.

 

Rupinderpal then saw his penalty stroke four  minutes from time saved by Imran Butt. But the game was already lost long before that for Pakistan.