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BHUBANESWAR: It was the 40th minute. The Uzbekistan defence, for the umpteenth time, appeared sitting geese dealing with another Indian assault. Akashdeep Singh circled in from the left and noticed Sumit Kumar and Ramandeep Singh lurking a few toes from the far submit. He slapped the ball in, but none of his two buddies had their basics in position -- to bend low in entrance of goal with stick flat at the floor for a deflection.

An Indian win, or an Uzbek mauling, was a no brainer within the final pool recreation of the FIH Series Finals right here at the Kalinga Stadium -- so was the final scoreline. It ultimately reached 10-Zero when the technical desk pressed the hooter gazing the final 2d tick by means of. But what unfortunately did not support noticeably on Monda was India's completing - each on field attempts and penalty corners (PC).

Out of the 12 PCs India earned off their numerous circle penetrations, just 4 went in. The 3000-odd spectators in any case stopped counting India's assaults, whilst the entry of Uzbek forwards inside India's 25-yard may well be counted on numbers. It was virtually a half-pitch recreation of 60 mins.

Indian goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Pathak, who took turns within the submit, had the most efficient seat in the home as they have been asked little to do by means of the Uzbek forward-line.

Coach Graham Reid is highest positioned to answer what he has noticed in his brief keep as far as the factor hurting India's completing, an old tale that repeated once again to provide India the Monday blues.

"Of course, we always want more goals," said Reid after the match. "But this stuff take time to recover...We are working with the strikers to get in higher positions...Part of that is technical, and that's what we do after we look at the video.

"I used to be proud of numerous movement that was happening these days, and what I'm additionally satisfied about is that we are developing opportunities and that's at all times important."

For the file, Man-of-the-Match Akashdeep scored a hat-trick (11th, 26th and 53rd minute) whilst defender Varun transformed a PC and scored a field goal for his brace within the 4th and 22nd minute, and Mandeep Singh did the same in 30th and 60th minute. Local guy Amit Rohidas (15th), Nilakanta Sharma (27th) and Gursahibjit Singh (45th) have been the others at the scoresheet for India.

The double-figure scoreline may have been fatter, but for the near-misses by means of Indian strikers -- all of who had probabilities so as to add to their goal-count but failed, at times miserably.

Ending Pool A on most sensible with three/three wins and 23 objectives in all, India will now face either Poland or Japan within the semi-final.

But ahead of getting there, the Indian staff and coach Reid has numerous creases to straighten.


Pool A
1. India (Semi-finals)
2. Russia (Crossovers)
three. Poland (Crossovers)
four. Uzbekistan (playoff for Seventh-Eighth)

Pool B
1. USA (Semi-finals)
2. Japan (Crossovers)
three. South Africa (Crossovers)
four. Mexico (playoff for Seventh-Eighth)


Russia vs South Africa - 1700 IST

Japan vs Poland - 1900 IST


USA vs Russia or South Africa - 1700 IST

India vs Japan or Poland - 1900 IST

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