Hindustan Times (Delhi)

India hold nerve, beat Belgium to avenge last week’s defeats

- Press Trust of India sportsdesk@hindustant­imes.com

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND: The Indian hockey team produced a spirited perfomance to upstage world No.3 Belgium 5-4 in its second match of the Four Nations Tournament’s second leg. India had earlier lost 1-2 to Belgium in the final of the first leg but held their nerve till the final hooter to come up with a winner in this high-tempo, high-speed match.

Rupinderpa­l Singh (4’, 42’), Harmanpree­t Singh (46’), Lalit Upadhyay (53’) and Dilpreet Singh (59’) scored in India’s win while John-john Dohmen (17’), Felix Denayer (37’), Alexander Hendrickx (45’) and Tom Boon (56’) scored for Belgium.

India began the match with discipline­d structure, playing two-touch hockey to rotate the ball swiftly and accurately to pave their way into Belgium’s striking circle. The effort paid off early when Vivek Sagar Prasad made a quick penetratio­n from left flank forcing Belgian defender to foul which resulted in the first penalty corner.

It was in-form Rupinder Pal Singh, who stepped up for the drag flick, improvisin­g on Lalit Upadhyay’s injection to fiercely put the ball into the top net. The early 1-0 lead undoubtedl­y put the Belgians on the backfoot.


NEW DELHI: Haryana Hammers defeated UP Dangal 5-4 in a key contest to set up a mouth-watering clash against Punjab Royals in the final of the Pro Wrestling League. Sun Yanan won the ninth and deciding bout, her third straight win over Vinesh Phogat to throw UP out.


DHAKA: Gurdeep Singh busted three national records en route his gold medal in the +105kg cetagory on the final day of the National Weightlift­ing.


CHENNAI: Indian Grandmaste­r RR Laxman, with eight points, emerged champion on better tiebreak score after the tenth and final round of the 10th Chennai Open Internatio­nal chess.


DUBAI: World rapid champion Viswanatha­n Anand outclassed Gawain Jones of England and moved to fifth spot after the end of the 10th round of Tata Steel Chess. With his third victory in the event, Anand came back within striking distance of the leaders. His tally of six points out of ten is only one point less than the leaders’.

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HOCKEY INDIA India ensured that they rotated the ball swiftly.

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