New Delhi: A dominant India continued their winning spree, outclassing China 4-0 to register their fourth consecutive victory in the men's competition of the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
     
Vice-captain V R Raghunath (12th minute, 28th) scored two goals, while Dharamvir Singh (39th) and Rupinder Pal Singh (43rd) sounded the board one each for the Indians.
     
By virtue of this win, India have consolidated their position at the top of the standings with 12 points from four games, ahead of second placed Ireland who are at nine points from as many matches.
     
The Indians will play third-placed Bangladesh in their last round-robin match tomorrow and a win will see them progress to the third round of HWL, a qualifying tournament for next year's World Cup to be held in Hague, The Netherlands.
     
Against 18th ranked China today, the Indians not only started the match as favourites but also lived up to the billing, dominating the share of exchanges for the entire 70 minutes.
     
The Chinese were no match for the 11th ranked Indians in terms of skill and filed play as the visitors struggled to get the ball to the other half of the field for most part of the game.
     
The occasions when China did manage to get inside the Indian D, their forwards lacked purpose and were easily stopped by an alert Indian defence.

(Agencies)

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