India flayed Pakistan 7-1 as penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final in London on Sunday.
Coming into the match, four-time world champions Pakistan had conceded four and six goals in consecutive losses to the Netherlands and Canada, respectively. India further exposed Pakistan's weaknesses in their team's structure in a match that had chances galore for both the teams right from the start. But it was India who capitalised on most of them.
With this win, India moved to the top spot with nine points, while their neighbours are yet to open their account.
Let's look at some of the more memorable tweets on India's dominant victory against Pakistan.
Virat Kohli had wished the Indian Hockey team good luck for their clash against Pakistan but it sure looked like his men needed it more on Sunday.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 17, 2017
Renowned Indian sand artist & Padma Shri awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik too wished the teams in characteristic fashion.
Best wishes to both Indian Cricket & Hockey teams for #ICCChampionsTrophyFinal & #HWL2017 semifinal #IndiaPak .My SandArt at #Puri beach . pic.twitter.com/YINWjcQsxe — Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) June 18, 2017
India's star goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and ace flicker Rupinder Pal Singh were hardly missed by India considering the way they're dominating HWL Semis.
— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) June 18, 2017
You can't possibly argue with that, can you?
All Indian sports fans. Take a break from cricket and watch some hockey IND vs PAK. We lead 2-0 @TheHockeyIndia Lots to cheer about
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) June 18, 2017
Even the former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India was watching hockey.
Then, the Bollywood celebrities got in.
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) June 18, 2017
Considering the Indian hockey team were 'Dabangg' today...
It's sad that the hockey team's achievements seem like an afterthought.
Also, congratulations to the Indian hockey team on their 7-1 semi final win in the #HWL.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) June 18, 2017
Some were being their cheeky selves. But he does have a point.
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: Jun 18, 2017 22:45 PM