Hockey: Ajay, Varun's twin strikes help India colts crush England 7-1

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Marlow (England), July 29: India's junior men's hockey team maintained their unbeaten run on the tour of England by thrashing the hosts 7-1 at the Bisham Abbey Sports Centre here.

For India, Ajay Yadav (27th, 43rd minutes) and Varun Kumar (32nd, 35th) scored two goals apiece on Thursday (July 28), while Manpreet (15th), Gurjant Singh (38th) and Simranjeet Singh (40th) found the back of the net once each.

Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team celebrating after winning 8th Junior Men’s Asia Cup against Pakistan by 6-2 in the final at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan, Malaysia.

England's lone strike came from the stick of Ed Holer. Holding possession for sustained periods seemed to be India's tactical objective as they started off the game, pulling the England team out of their positions and forcing them to create large spaces in their formation.

India's relentless pressure resulted in the breakthrough when Manpreet found the net in the 15th minute. England hit back almost immediately through a penalty corner which was converted by Holer to level the scores.

But that was all England could manage as India took the lead in the second quarter when Gurjant's cross found Ajay inside the circle and he made no mistake to give India the lead in the 27th minute. Soon after Varun Kumar increased India's tally, scoring from a penalty corner in the 32nd minute.

He doubled his tally just before half time by converting another set piece to ensure India went into the break leading 4-1.

India kept up their high tempo after the cross over and scored early via Gurjant before Simranjeet's brilliant individual goal gave the visitors a 6-1 lead.

India then earned two quick penalty corners and Ajay scored his second off an indirect hit for a 7-1 lead.

PTI 

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