After a narrow 3-2 win against France, the Indian men’s hockey team faced Poland in their second match of the Fintro Hockey World League. 17th ranked Poland, who were beaten by Pakistan in their first game, looked to pull things back in this game on Tuesday, but as expected, it was India who came out victorious with a comfortable 3-0 margin. Yuvraj Walmiki, Sardar Singh and Devindar Walmiki were the goalscorers. With this win, India are placed on top of the league table and are in good form heading into their much anticipated clash against Pakistan on June 26.
First Half: India dominate, Yuvraj Walmiki scores opener
The Indian team, led by Sardar Singh dominated the game right from the opening minute. The men in blue opted for a fresh tactic as they pulled the Polish defense wide into the flanks and attacked from the center. This move garnered rich rewards as India were able to create multiple chances. The opening goal of the game came in the 23rd minute, when Yuvraj Walmiki showed great awareness to turn his body in time and deflect an incoming delivery into the goal. The first half ended with India having a slender 1-0 lead.
Second Half: Sardar Singh strikes after a long time, Devindar Walmiki seals win for India
The story in the second half was no different as India enjoyed over 70% posession in their opponent’s half. With just 12 minutes into the 3rd quarter, Sardar Singh produced a briliant backhand strike which darted through the Polish goalkeeper’s pads and crashed into the goal to double the lead for India. The Indian skipper has looked fresh and his presence in the attacking half has added more power to the Indian forward lineup.
The Polish made desperate attempts to cut through the Indian defense but the likes of Birendra Lakra, Jasjit Singh and Chinglensana Singh stood in their way as firm as a rock and prevented any incoming threat from the Polish forwards. The men in blue came in numbers to defend and this balance ensured goalkeeper PR Sreejesh was not troubled much in the second half. In the 52nd minute, Devindar Walmiki summed up the victory as he flicked Chinglensana’s delivery into the goal from the top of the circle. The final whistle was blown and India returned to the dugout with a convincing 3-0 win.
Next stop – A match against arch rivals, Pakistan. Watch this space !
India 3 (Yuvraj Walmiki 23′, Sardar Singh 42′, Devindar Walmiki 52′) beat Poland 0 r