ANTWERP (BELGIUM), June 23 (PTI): India produced a much-improved show than their opening match as they post a facile 3-0 victory over Poland to notch up their second consecutive win in the Hockey World League Semifinals here today.
Walmiki brothers, Yuvraj (23rd minute) and Devinder (52nd) got their names on the scoresheet with flash goals and captain Sardar Singh (41st) sounded the boards with a firm reverse drive to secure India’s win at the KHC Dragons Stadium.
India had launched their campaign with a 3-2 victory over France on the opening day.
Breezy conditions and 16 degree Celsius temperature seemed to be to Poland’s liking and they did well to frustrate the Indian strikers in the first session, not allowing them a decent look at the goal.
Crowding their defence, the Polish players were able to frustrate the Indian strikers for long, and in turn banked on long-passes from their territory to build up some brisk counters. But in the end, the Indians found ways to break down the crowded Polish defence to pump in three goals.
It was Poland who earned the first penalty corner in the 20th minute, but captain Pawel Bratkowski’s rising drag-flick was palmed away by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.