- Spain trump South Africa, 4-2
- England pull a stunner over favorites Australia, 3-2
- INDIA ROUTS PAKISTAN, 4-1. YEAH!!
It was an exhilarating feeling, watching Hockey after such a long time, with an invovlement that almost reeeked of longing for Pillai, Gaganajit, Jugraj and Tirkeys.
Pakistan have Sohail Abbas and Rehan Butt, dangers any given day. Sohail seemed to be having an off day missing two penalty corners. As a whole, Pakistan were luckless and a little erratic within the circle.
India's defense on the other hand shone through like a uncut diamond today. Sandeep Singh was excellent scoring two goals, the second one being a beautiful drag flick off a penalty corner. Shivendra Singh and Prabhjot Singh were the other two goal makers. Prabhjot Singh's goal was especially ingenuous - deft and clever.
Pakistan, with a careful, almost pre-planned strategy, started out slow but increased the tempo ferociously after Shivendra's first goal. It is a treat to watch the aggression of Pakistani players when they get into form but as I said, it was a no-go day for them.
All in all, it was a clean game played between India and Pakistan, with fears, tensions and security concerns temporarily forgotten. The stadium was packed and the atmosphere was excellent and extremely festive, which is what would you would expect of a stadium filled with North Indians who know how to make a noise.
Day 1: Thumbs Up!!!!