|Hockey: Pakistan thrash Korea 6-1 to enter final|
11 May 2012
KARACHI: Pakistan cruised into the final of the Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament in style as they outclassed South Korea 6-1 in Malaysia yesterday.
The Greenshirts will face the hosts in the final on Sunday after they defeated defending champions India 2-0 in the first semi-final. Pakistan, who topped group B following an unbeaten run, continued their brilliant performance and dominated their rivals.
After a cautions start, Pakistan made a breakthrough in the 11th minute when Mohammad Irfan’s push evaded the Korean defenders and ended in goal. Mohammad Dilber then doubled the lead and took the score to 3-0 by scoring in the 13th and 15th minutes.
Korea reduced the lead in the 46th minute when Seungho Im scored one. However, Ali Shan scored the fourth goal for Pakistan in the 60th minute and Mohammad Suleman’s effort the very next minute took the score-line to 5-1. Mohammad Tauseeq completed the 6-1 rout with a goal six minutes from the finish to seal the result.
A huge win against the Koreans: Coach
“Our team has never achieved such a huge win against the Koreans,” coach Rana Mujahid told The Express Tribune from Malacca.
“In fact we lost to them in our previous two encounters. This win will go a long way in boosting the players’ confidence as they prepare for the Junior World Cup. There were some key individual performances but overall the team effort was key to our brilliant show.”
|See Also in Sports News|
|Bowlers failed to create pressure, says Misbah|
10 March 2014
MIRPUR: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq blamed his bowlers for the team losing the Asia Cup crown to Sri Lanka, stating that they failed to create pressure on the opposition. "We need early wickets in such matches but we could not get them. Saeed (Ajmal) gave us good breakthroughs. In bowling also you need partnerships, but at the other end he did not get the support. No bowler could create any pressure and it became easy for Sri Lanka to chase down the target," Misbah told reporters after the ... Full Story
|Rousing welcome for losing finalists|
10 March 2014
KARACHI: Pakistan may have failed to retain their Asia Cup title but the men in green have won the hearts of millions of fans across the country. A rapturous welcome was given to a group of players and team officials on their return from Bangladesh at Karachi’s Jinnah Terminal Airport on Sunday.
The group included four Karachi-bound players – Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Anwar Ali and Sharjeel Khan along with head coach Moin Khan, chief consultant Zaheer Abbas and fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad. ... Full Story
|First Aus-SA T20 abandoned due to rain|
10 March 2014
PORT ELIZABETH: South Africa and Australia will have to settle for a two-match Twenty20 series after the first game in Port Elizabeth was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Persistent rain in Port Elizabeth meant that no play was possible in the first T20, and the teams will now head to Durban for Wednesday's second match, followed by the third game in Centurion. The rain was mostly unrelenting in Port Elizabeth and although there were brief periods when the covers appeared set to come off, ... Full Story