Contrasting fortunes on Super Sunday: India’s record win vs Pakistan in hockey, humiliating loss in cricket

first_imgSports fans in India got to witness two contrasting results on Sunday in two different sporting arenas but in the same city. While the Indian cricket team surrendered its Champions Trophy title to Pakistan courtesy a record loss in the final at The Oval, the Indian men’s hockey team managed to pull off a record 7-1 win against Pakistan in the World League Semi -Final.Indian cricket fans found some solace in the hockey team’s win after they saw the Virat Kohli’s team getting thrashed in the summit clash in London.Embarrassed by India in their opening match, Pakistan astonishingly turned the tables on their arch-rivals to win their maiden Champions Trophy.India were the lopsided 4-9 favourites by English bookmakers to win a record third Trophy in a record fourth final, but Pakistan blew away all predictions and expectations with a win of stunning ease.Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338/4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day international century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.India were then routed for 158 in the 31st over. For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each.This was the biggest margin of victory in any ICC ODI tournament in terms of runs. The previous highest was registered by Australia when they thrashed India by 125 runs in the 2003 World Cup final in Johannesburg.Even as Pakistan were rampaging towards a 300-plus total in the Champions Trophy, penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in the same city.advertisementHarmanpreet (13th and 33rd minutes), Talwinder (21st and 24th) and Akashdeep Singh (47th and 58th) ripped apart Pakistan’s defence. Pardeep Mor (49th) too contributed a goal for India.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 were 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.The whole country rejoiced the win over Pakistan in hockey was hours later the celebrations were cut short the famed Indian batting lineup completely disintegrated.The night ended on a sombre mood for Indian sports fans with majority of the people disheartened after the cricket team’s loss but they still had something to cheer for in the hockey team’s victory.last_img

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