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Pakistan out of CWG hockey after 4-7 loss to India
| Updated at: 2144 PST, Sunday, October 10, 2010|
NEW DELHI: Sandeep Singh was the star as India trounced arch-rivals Pakistan 7-4 in a high-scoring thriller here on Sunday to storm into the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games hockey.
Faced with the prospect of elimination before the knock-out rounds, India responded with a resounding display before some 19,000 delirious home fans at the Major Dhyan Chand stadium.
The hosts finished with nine points to finish second in Pool A behind world champions Australia and will now take on England in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Sandeep launched a relentless attack on the Pakistan defence, scoring India's first two goals to put early pressure and set up his team-mates twice with his accurate passing.
Sandeep found an able partner in striker Shivendra Singh who hit a brace in the fast-paced encounter.
The Indians started off aggressively, forcing a slew of penalty corners inside the first 25 minutes. The first was converted by Sandeep with a searing drag-flick that hit the left corner of the goal but he missed the second.
Pakistan earned their first penalty corner in the 13th minute but Muhammad Tousiq's strike was palmed away by Indian goalkeeper Bharat Chetri.
Sandeep set up India's third goal when his cross pass from the right was deflected in by Shivendra Singh, making it 3-0 for India.
Striker Sarvanjit Singh then converted India's fifth penalty corner off a rebound after a Sandeep strike in the 20th minute.
Pakistan finally managed to pull one back off a penalty stroke which was converted by Muhammad Imran in the 27th before Muhammad Rizwan made it 4-2 with a field goal that evoked a collective groan from the home fans.
India dominated the second-half as well with Danish Mujtaba swatting in one in the 41st minute and Dharamvir Singh using a scoop shot that flew over the goalkeeper's head.
Pakistan's third goal came off the stick of Muhammad Irfan but India got another just one minute later when captain Rajpal Singh dodged several defenders to give a pass to Shivendra who slotted home neatly (7-3).
Pakistan managed one more goal through veteran Shakeel Abbasi but it was too late in the day to make amends for their earlier lapses.