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India rout China, stay ahead
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 24, 2013
First Published: 00:15 IST(24/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:17 IST(24/2/2013)

India breached China's tight defence to rout them 4-0 in the penultimate Hockey World League Round 2 clash on Saturday and maintain a clear lead on top of the table.

Chinese defence caused some early problems before VR Raghunath converted a 12th minute penalty corner. Akashdeep Singh's deft stickwork made it 2-0 in the 29th minute.

Dharamvir Singh cashed in on a goalmouth melee to score four minutes into the second half before Rupinder Pal Singh deflected home in the 44th minute. India have 12 points now, three clear of second-placed Ireland.

Hockey India de-recognised Air India as its associate member with immediate effect due to non-payment of annual membership fee since 2010-11, it said in a statement.

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