Sardar Singh
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The Hockey World League semi final match between India and Pakistan ended in a 2-2 draw. Ramandeep Singh and Pakistan's captain Muhammad Imran scored two goals each.

Most of the third quarter India were down to nine men, but they managed to defend really well against Pakistan who were constantly trying to find the back of the net.

India started the game well in the first quarter of the game. Their attack formation was also good until Pakistan started attacking from the right flank.

Towards the end of the first quarter of the game, Ramandeep gave India the lead. A through pass from Gurmail Singh from the left flank and Ramandeep just had to reach out to the ball to guide it into the bottom corner of the net.

India prevailed in the first half, but they could not hold on to the lead as Imran drew level from a penalty. Pakistan were awarded a penalty corner, but the shot from a Pakistani player struck the foot of an Indian defender just ahead of the goal line and thus Pakistan won a penalty and Imran made sure he converted it into a goal.

Close to the end of the first half of the game Satbir Singh saw a yellow card for a lifted stick and they lost a chance of winning a penalty corner. At half time the scores were level.

Pakistan took the lead in the game in the third quarter of the game from a penalty corner and it was Imran yet again. They also could not hold on to the lead as Ramandeep got India back into the game in the final quarter of the game. And the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

India came into this game of the Hockey World League in Antwerp, Belgium, against arch-rivals Pakistan after back-to-back victories against Poland and France. 

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