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Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs South Africa, Highlights: Manpreet Singh and Co start campaign with comfortable win

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Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs South Africa, Highlights: Manpreet Singh and Co start campaign with comfortable win

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Nov 28, 2018 - 20:50 (IST)

So that's all we have for now. Harendra Singh would be happy with his team's performance, but he knows that the bigger challenge awaits his team in the next match. South Africa are ranked 10 spots below India and they did not put up a great fight today. They will have plenty to discuss. Belgium are a tough side and Manpreet Singh's team will have their task cut out on Sunday. 

Thank you for joining with us today and hope you have a good week. 

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:41 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

Simranjeet Singh is Man of the Match for his brace. Mandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh too had a good game, both impressing with their runs from the flanks. India will go home satisfied. They have three days to recover before the big one against Olympic silver-medallists Belgium. That promises to be a cracker!

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:35 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

Simranjeet Singh scored two goals tonight and he gets the Man of the Match award for his good performance. 

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:33 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

Not perfect, but a very good performance by India. They looked a tad rusty in the first quarter where gaps in trapping showed up. One can attribute that to early nerves though. But once they got one on the board, Manpreet's boys were unstoppable.

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:30 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

It's all over! A superb win for India, thanks to goals from Simranjeet, Mandeep, Akashdeep and Lalit. Their World campaign is off to a great start. Next up for them is Belgium.  

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:24 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

Four minutes left in the match. Indian players are trying hard to score more goals. This has been a great start to their World Cup campaign. 

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:22 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa are trying desperately to score their first goal of the match. Indian defenders, though, are doing good work in thwarting away the attacks. 

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:16 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

Mandeep from the left, he crosses it to Chinglansana in the centre. The rasping hit goes just wide, but here's the PC again. Harmanpreet with his booming hit, but it is palmed away by the goalie. India applying serious pressure.

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:13 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

PC to India, and India make it 5-0. That was some variation in the D. Harmanpreet to Varun to Simranjeet to net!!

Nov 28, 2018 - 20:12 (IST)

INDIA 5-0 SOUTH AFRICA

GOAAAAL! Simranjeet scores his second goal of the evening. A messed up penalty corner but Simranjeet positioned himself at the right place to score India's fifth goal. 

Preview: India are expected to face an uphill battle playing in front of the hockey crazy Odisha crowd that will turn up in large numbers to watch the 2018 FIH World Cup starting on Wednesday.

Despite being the most successful team in Olympic hockey with eight golds, India have won the World Cup only once, way back in 1975.

Despite playing at home, it will be sort of miracle if World No.5 India managed to break this long barren run this time round.

Under current coach Harendra Singh, the Indian team has shown a lot of promise.

Since taking over from previous incumbent, Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne in May this year, Harendra has guided the team to silver at the Champions Trophy, a bronze at the Asian Games and the Asian Champions Trophy title.

Before that, India had finished fourth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games under Marijne's watch.

This World Cup will feature a total of 4 pools with four teams each.

The pool toppers will get a direct entry into the quarterfinals while the 2nd and 3rd placed will have to go through play-offs to enter the last eight stage.

India have been placed in Pool C along with strong title contenders Belgium and minnows South Africa and Canada.

Pool A contains Argentina, Spain, France and New Zealand.

The hosts will start their campaign against South Africa on the opening day while Belgium will play Canada the same day.

Overwhelming favourites and defending champions Australia are in Pool B along with Ireland, England and China.

Pool D is expected to throw up several mouth watering matches since it includes formidable Germany, another strong contender Holland, four-time winners Pakistan and Malaysia.

Australia, who have won the last two editions, will be chasing an unprecedented third consecutive title.

If the boys from Down Under are successful in their quest, they will win their fourth title and become the joint most successful nation in the tournament along with Pakistan.

The fact that Pakistan have managed to reach India is something of a triumph for the cash strapped team.

Their participation was in doubt till the last moment due to lack of funds. It was only the signing of a major sponsorship deal with Haier Pakistan that enabled their participation.

With inputs from IANS

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