: India defeated Pakistan 5-2 in an inconsequential round robin match to register its first win in the Lanco International Super Series hockey tournament here on Saturday.

India was by far the most dominant side on display in the battle between the two subcontinental giants in the nine-a-side format of the game, better known as Hockey 9s.

India pumped in three goals in the first half and two after the break through V.R. Raghunath (7th minute), S.V. Sunil (9th, 33rd), Akashdeep Singh (15th) and Manpreet Singh (29th). Pakistan, on the other hand, scored a goal in each half through Shafqat Rasool and Muhammad Rizwan Sr. The win will act as a morale booster for India ahead of tomorrow’s third-fourth place playoff match against the same opponents. Meanwhile, the host and defending champion Australia continued its winning run and demolished England 6-2 to emerge favourite in the re-match in Sunday’s final. Both Australia and England had already qualified for the summit clash.— PTI

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