It was the last match of the Super 4s for the two teams.
India decimated their traditional rivals with a clinical display in the second half which saw all the four goals.
At times, they literally toyed with Pakistan in this session.
The first quarter was no indication of things to come. Pakistan were certainly the better side making a number of circle entries and they also earned three penalty corners. But the Indian defence did well. Indians had one PC.
Second quarter was more evenly played. India had the best chance but Gurjant’s top of circle shot was well saved by Amjad in the goal. Both sides had a penalty corner each. Harmanpreet was unlucky as his teriffic flick came off cross bar.
Second half was all India. With superb fast moves, they completely dumbfounded the Pakistanis.
Raids came from right, left and centre.
Had it not been for some outstanding work from the custodian Amjad, the scoreline would have been more lopsided.
First goal was credited to Stabir Singh. After collecting an excellent ball from Lalit Upadhyay, his diagonal pass from the right side of the circle intended for Gurjant was deflected into the cage by a diving Pakistani defender.
Other three goals arrived in the last quarter.
Amjad’s brilliance had denied India goal off the first five penalty corners. Off their last PC, in the 51st minute, Amjad was finally beaten. A deceptive flick on the right by Harmanpreet wrong footed the Pakistani net minder.
Very next minute, it was 3-0. The first try resulting from a fluent passing attack had been parlmed down well by Amjad but Lalit Upadhyay put it in off the rebound.
The tally was completed with three minutes left.. A lightening move was given the finishing touch by Gurjant Singh whose top of the circle shot sounded the board.
Pakistan finished at the bottom of the Super 4s with just one point.
India topped with seven points.
SCORERS: Satbir Singh (39′), Harmanpreet SIngh (51′), Lalit Upadhyay (52′), Gurjant Singh (57′)
India outplayed Pakistan 4-0 in the second round (super 4s) of the 10th Hockey Asia Cup at Dhaka’s Maulana Bhashani Stadium.