Indian men’s hockey team continued their unbeaten run at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games by defeating Canada. 8-0 on Wednesday. Harmanpreet Singh (7′, 56′), and Akashdeep Singh (37′, 60′) scored two runs each, while Amit Rohidas (10′), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (20′), Gurjant Singh (27′) , and Mandeep Singh (58′) scored one goal each. with victory, India Top of the Pool B table with 7 points from 3 games.
The match began with the Indian men’s hockey team attacking directly from the left flank with Hardik Singh and Akashdeep Singh threatening the Canadian defence. Captain Manpreet Singh slipped an excellent pass to Lalit Kumar Upadhyay inside the striking circle, but the latter’s shot went wide. Harmanpreet Singh scored the first goal from a penalty corner to give India the lead. Minutes later, Amit Rohidas broke through the Canadian defense from the left side as he fired a powerful hit into the net to extend India’s lead to 2-0 before the end of the first quarter.
India continued to threaten to penetrate inside the circle in the opening minutes of the second quarter as Canada moved deep into their own half to protect their goal. After India received another penalty corner, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay scored from the rebound to extend India’s lead to 3–0. Minutes later, Abhishek attempted a reverse hit on target after receiving a long pass. But Canada’s goalkeeper Ethan McTavish made a clean save. Hardik Singh circled the ball from the left and Gurjant Singh got his stick in time to push the ball into the net as India went into halftime with a 4-0 lead.
India gave the Canadian defense no respite, continuing to mount a number of attacks, as the second half began. Hardik Singh was becoming the danger man inside the striking circle as he continued to press deep into the opposition defence. Akashdeep Singh hit a snap shot into the net from the edge of the circle as India extended their lead to 5-0. With captain Manpreet Singh running back and forth the length of the field, Canada was stuck in midfield and unable to make many of its own dangerous forays into India’s circle.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, India showed urgency to get more goals on the board, despite already leading by five goals. Mandeep Singh passed the ball to Jarmanpreet Singh, but Canada managed to clear the threat. Mandeep Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad produced some spectacular saves by the Kandyan defense after powerful shots on target. A late penalty corner opportunity by Neelkant Sharma allowed Harmanpreet Singh to get another goal on the board. With just minutes left on the clock, Mandeep Singh tomahawked into the net to get his name on the scoresheet, while Akashdeep Singh added another goal in the dying seconds as India won the match 8–0.