Bangkok (3 Oct, 2016): Pakistan overpowered Cambodia 11-0 and in the process catapulted to the top of Group B in the 4th Women Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Cup in Bangkok today.
The Pakistanis, who are competing in their first international tournament after three years, led 4-0 in the first half and waltzed past the Cambodians with seven more goals after the interval which greatly helped their cause in qualifying for the October 8 semi-finals.
Sabir Mayira knocked home four field goals (44th, 52rd and 53rd) and the fifth via a penalty corner just one minute to the hooter. She was ably supported by Ishrat Abbas’ field goals brace (8th, 35th).
The other scorers are Afshan Noureen (11th), Hina Pervaiz (18th), team captain Hina Kanwal (25th) and Kalsoom Shehzadi made it a memorable day for Pakistan who were held to a 1-1 draw by Hong Kong on Sunday.
Thailand slowed down defending champions Chinese Taipei’s progress in this fourth edition by securing a 4-1 win in a Group A match. It was Thailand’s second consecutive victory in the tournament after disposing Uzbekistan 3-1 on Sunday.
Sri Lanka and Thailand share six-equal points from two matches but the Sri Lankans lead the Group A table standings on a superior goal difference made possible following their 21-0 triumph over Indonesia earlier. Chinese Taipei is in third spot with three points.
Pakistan, however, lead Group B with four points – one clear of Singapore followed by Hong Kong (1) and Cambodia (0).
Two matches are scheduled on Tuesday (4 Oct). The Indonesians go up against Uzbekistan in a Group A encounter while Singapore entertains Hong Kong in Group B match.