After registering an impressive 7-1 win over rivals Pakistan, India take on Netherlands in their last group stage match of the Hockey World League semi-finals. India have already secured their berth in the quarter-finals and now will be eyeing to finish on top of the points table. The India vs. Netherlands Hockey match will be telecast live on Star Sports 2/HD. The free live streaming of the match will be available on HotStar and the action will kick-start from 6:30 PM IST onwards.
India have been in superb form, registering three consecutive wins in the pool stage. Team India defeated Scotland 4-1, Canada 3-0 and then outplayed Pakistan on Sunday. The Manpreet Singh-led side occupies top slot on the points table and has been unbeaten thus far.
However, they now face another unbeaten side, Netherlands, and it will be a big test for the team. The Dutch team is currently ranked No.4 in the world and are seeded No.2 behind Olympic Gold medallists Argentina in this tournament. Also Read- India vs Pakistan, Hockey World League Semi-finals, Pool B match: IND thrash PAK 7-1
A win against Netherlands will ensure Indian team top position in Pool B going into the quarter-finals
“I am quite pleased with the team’s performance so far but our job is not finished yet. We have to stay upbeat, continue to be aggressive and execute our plans to 100 per cent in all the areas to excel against The Netherlands who also have had a good start to the tournament,” Indian coach Roelant Oltmans was quoted as saying by IANS.
The Netherlands come into the match having defeated Pakistan (4-0), Scotland (3-0) and Canada (3-1) on Monday.
The last meeting between these two sides took place at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In a keenly fought contest, India lost to the Dutch 1-2.