India edge Pakistan to keep hopes alive for final

POH: India edge Pakistan 2-1 to keep their hopes alive for a place in the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament yesterday.

India now have nine points and they need to beat Malaysia tomorrow to book their place in the final.

India took the lead off their first penalty corner in the seventh minute through defender Sandeep Singh.

India increased their advantage off their third penalty corner in the 26th minute. Defender Diwakar Ramscored off a high flick.

Pakistan, who needed a draw to book their place in the final saw a glimmer of hope of salvaging a point when they were rewarded a penalty stoke in the 59th minute.

Umpire Peter Wright of South Africa awarded the penalty stroke after Diwakar stopped Rasool Shafqat’s reverse stick hit from top D with his hand.

Muhammad Saqlain converted the advantage to reduce the deficit from the spot.

Meanwhile, New Zealand defeated Canada 3-0 to register their second win of the tournament.

David Kosoof David (20th), Dean Couzins (48th) and Nicholas Wilson (63rd) scored for the Kiwis.