London, June 15 (IANS) Ramandeep Singh scored twice as India thrashed Scotland 4-1 to start their campaign at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final on a rousing note here on Thursday.

Ramandeep (31st, 34th minutes) scored a couple of field goals just before half-time to give India the upper hand in the Pool B match.

Striker Akashdeep Singh scored another field goal in the 40th minute before Harmanpreet Singh (42nd) powered in a penalty corner to drive home the advantage.

Scotland captain Chris Grassic gave his team the lead in the seventh minute to put India under early pressure.

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