Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights, India vs South Africa: India beat SA 5-0

Hockey World Cup 2018 as it happened: A spirited Indian side brushed aside South Africa 5-0 in the first match of the Hockey World Cup.

By HT Correspondent | Nov 28, 2018 21:41 IST

India take down South Africa 5-0 in their Hockey World Cup 2018 opener at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The two teams are placed in Group C alongside Belgium and Canada.

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20:38 hrs IST

Simranjeet bags Man of the Match award

Simranjeet Singh is named the Man of the Match for scoring two goals in India’s 5-0 victory over South Africa in their first Hockey World Cup match.

20:26 hrs IST

India beat South Africa 5-0

India take down South Africa 5-0 in their Hockey World Cup 2018 opener at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The two teams are placed in Group C alongside Belgium and Canada. Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh (two goals) and Lalit Upadhyay found the back of the net for India. The South Africans reached the Indian goal only on a few occasions.

20:15 hrs IST

SA’s goalkeeper saves Nilakanta’s shot

Nilakanta Sharma strikes one hard towards the goal. The South African goalkeeper manages to get to the ball and kick it away. India lead 5-0 with 10 minutes remaining on the clock.

20:11 hrs IST

Simranjeet nets India’s fifth goal

Simranjeet Singh taps in another goal for India. Manpreet takes the penalty corner, a few Indian players toss the ball among themselves, until Simranjeet is in the perfect position to collect the ball and score the fifth goal for India.

20:07 hrs IST

Lalit scores India’s fourth goal

And another goal for India! There’s no breathing space for South Africa. Akashdeep send the ball into the goal area where Lalit guides the ball into the goal. India lead 4-0 at the end of the third quarter.

20:05 hrs IST

Simranjeet scores for India!

Mandeep Singh takes the ball on the right flank and produces a great cross. Simranjeet just taps the ball into the goal to make it 3-0 for India.

20:00 hrs IST

South Africa try long balls

The South Africans are trying long balls in the third quarter. They are able to get the ball into India’s goal area but have still not scored.

19:52 hrs IST

Dhanraj Pillay talks about Akashdeep’s goal

India’s hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay talks about Akashdeep Singh’s goal as India continue to put pressure on the South African goal in the third quarter. Sumit earns a penalty corner for India, but the hosts are not able to make the most of the opportunity. India lead 2-0 after 36 minutes.

19:41 IST

India lead 2-0 at half-time

The South Africans play out a much better quarter, but the Indians have been relentless in this match. They have had a chance to score in every three minutes. However, the visitors have defended with a lot of heart and also got close to scoring a goal on a couple of occasions.

19:38 hrs IST

Nilakanta takes a shot

Nilakanta Sharma receives the ball in the centre, plays 1-2 with a teammate and then takes a shot. The South Africans manage to defend it and the score remains 2-0 in India’s favour.

19:34 hrs IST

PR Sreejesh in action

The South Africans try to find the back of the net, but PR Sreejesh moves up and swats the ball away. The Indians take the ball towards their opposition’s goal yet again. The men in blue keep the pressure on.

19:29 hrs IST

Close shaves for India

India are continuing to put pressure on the South African goal. The forwards and midfielders are mostly trying to attack through the right flank. The hosts lead 2-0 at the end of the 21st minute.

19:21 hrs IST

India lead 2-0 at the end of first quarter

The South Africans made a few inroads through the Indian half, but to no avail. The Indians are clearly on top at the end of the first half. Mandeep and Akashdeep have put India 2-0 up at the end of the first quarter.

19:17 hrs IST

Akashdeep nets India’s second goal

It’s raining goals here at the Kalinga Stadium. Akashdeep collects the ball on the right flank and drives the ball into the goal with ease. This is too easy for the Indians. The South Africans have hardly penetrated through the Indian half.

19:14 hrs IST

Mandeep Singh scores for India!

Harmanpreet Singh tries to convert a penalty corner, but the goal-keeper saves it brilliantly. But, Mandeep Singh controls the ball and strikes it into the goal. India lead 1-0!

19:09 hrs IST

Lalit goes close to the goal

The Indians are on the attack! Lalit Upadhyay takes the ball close to the goal, but falters just near the post. The Indian forwards are playing with good coordination.

19:07 hrs IST

India’s Starting XI

Here’s a look at India’s starting XI for thei first match against South Africa. The hosts are going with a 4-3-4 formation.

19:00 hrs IST

India vs South Africa underway

The men in blue are on their way in the Hockey World Cup. Can they get the better of the South Africans? Follow all the updates here.

18:59 hrs IST

India vs South Africa set to begin

The Indian hockey team is set to begin their Hockey World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Kalinga Stadium at 7 pm.

18:38 hrs IST

Belgium beat Canada 2-1

Belgium take down Canada 2-1 in the first match of the Hockey World Cup. Felix Denayer and Thomas Briels scored for Belgium, while Mark Pearson found the back of the net for Canada.

18:22 hrs IST

Mark Pearson scores for Canada

Mark Pearson scores the first goal for Canada! There’s just four minutes remaining on the clock. Can they draw the match against Belgium? The Belgians lead 2-1.

18:00 hrs IST

Odisha CM thanks Shah Rukh for his encouragement

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik thanks Shah Rukh Khan for the encouragement and the love he showered on the hockey fans and Odisha. The bollywood star put up a great show at the opening ceremony on Tuesday.

17:39 hrs IST

Felix Denayer scores first Hockey World Cup goal

Belgium’s Felix Denayer scores the first goal of this edition of the Hockey World Cup against Canada. The Belgians lead 2-0 at the end of the first half.

17:21 hrs IST

Rahane sends best wishes for team India

India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane sent his best wishes for the Indian hockey team ahead of their first World Cup match. The middle-order batsman is currently getting ready for the four-match Test series against Australia.

17:00 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the Hockey World Cup 2018 match between India and South Africa. The hosts will look to get off to a winning start in the tournament against the top-ranked African side in the world.