Manpreet and Harmanpreet’s twin as India win 4-3 against England in FIH Pro League

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Olympic bronze medalist skipper Manpreet Singh and dragflicker ace Harmanpreet Singh scored twice apiece as India’s men’s hockey team cruised to a narrow 4-3 victory over England in the second leg of the double first leg of the FIH Pro League here on Sunday.

Manpreet (15th, 26th) and Harmanpreet (26th, 43rd) rang twice each to help India extend their lead at the top of the standings.

England’s goals came from the sticks of Liam Sanford (7th), David Condon (39th) and Sam Ward (44th).

Interestingly, all seven goals in the game came from penalty corner opportunities.

England had the best share of possession in the match, but it was India who had the last laugh.

India converted four of the eight penalty corners they got in the game, while England scored from three of their six short corners.

Despite having inferior ball possession, India had more circle penetrations. The hosts have entered the England circle 24 times to their rivals’ 17.

In terms of shots on goal, India were the better team as they netted 10 times over their rivals, while England only managed five shots on the home side’s citadel.

After conceding early in the game, India quickly bounced back and equalized in the first quarter thanks to Manpreet.

Harmanpreet and Manpreet scored in succession then in the 26th minute to break with a comfortable 3-1 lead.

England enjoyed possession well, but it was India who controlled the proceedings with more penetrations into the circle and penalty corners in the first two quarters.

The Indians continued to play hockey under high pressure after the switch, but failed to make any further inroads.

England pulled one back in the 39th minute through a penalty corner conversion by Condon before Harmanpreet netted his second of the day with a low dragflick from the right of England keeper James Mazarelo to make it 4- 2 in favor of India.

A minute later, England cut the margin when Ward scored from a free-kick, in what was an exhibition of penalty corner conversions. Led by a goal, a desperate England gave their all in attack in the final quarter and created a few openings but failed to break through the Indian defence.

With four minutes to go, England pulled goalkeeper Mazarelo for an extra player but the Indians held on to take the game’s three points.

The victory puts India firmly at the top of the table with 21 points from 10 games, while England continue to tumble to seventh place with seven points from six games.

The Indians had previously beaten England 3-2 in a shootout after finishing tied 3-3 in the first game of the encounter on Saturday to bag a bonus point.

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