India's junior men's team thrashed Pakistan 6-0 in their pool match of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup being played at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Wednesday. India lead 2-0 at half-time.
The Indian team dominated the game from the start. With neat ball possession, India controlled play and Imran Khan scored the first goal in the 22nd minute converting a penalty corner. India scored again in the closing stages of the first half with Parvinder Singh striking a perfect field goal a minute before the break (2-0).
Both teams went on the offensive from the start of second half. Armaan Qureshi made it 3-0 in the 49th minute. Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner to score India's fourth in the 53rd minute. Varun Kumar scored the fifth goal while Qureshi struck again, this time from a penalty corner, to complete the rout.
Coach Harendra Singh said, "This overwhelming win will further boost the boys' confidence. The neat ball possession and error-free penalty corner conversions are signs of development in the team. I look forward to a similar play in the matches to come."
India will now take on Malaysia in their fourth match on Thursday.