Photo Credit : Hockey Australia
Photo Credit : Hockey Australia
The Kookaburras first goal came in the eighth minute off the first penalty corner. An excellent top of the circle drill baffled the defense and Hayward put his team ahead.
Within four minutes, Whetton doubled the advantage. After robbing a defender, he entered the circle from the left, immediately swerved and with the tomahawk rattled the board.
First half’s last goal came off a wonderful Whetton assist. His inch perfect ball from circle’s top beat a crowded defence and  Kleinschmidt, easily scored from the middle of the scoring area.
In the first 30 minutes, Pakistan had just one open play attempt when Arslan Qadir’s full stretch effort eluded the target. They also wasted one PC.
Half Time: 3-0
Two minutes into the second half, Abubakr brought a glimmer of hope. Off Pakistan’s second PC, his forceful flick went high into the net.
However,  within a minute, Aussies restored three goal lead. Kleinschmidt had his second of the evening with a superb first time reverse hander from the left of circle’ s edge which went into the roof of the far net.
Govers made it 5-1 with a PC conversion. His flat forceful push beat the Pak defence all ends up.
Though, Australia again had most of the exchanges in the third quarter but it was green shirts’ best 15 minutes of the game. They had open play opportunities and a couple of penalty corners, scored off one of them.
Australia: 9  Pakistan: 1
SCORERS:
Australia:  Blake Govers 3,   Aaron Kleinschmidt 2,  Jeremy Hayward, Jake Whetton,
Kiran Arunasalam,Tom Wickham
Pakistan: Abubakr Mahmood
In the 4-nation event, Pakistan play Japan on Thursday. Japan today held a strong New Zealand  side 1-1
Ijaz Chaudhary
Media Manager PHF