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GTC LIVE 2022 |  India v South Africa

India will face South Africa in the semi-finals of the men’s hockey event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. While India topped their group by winning three out of four matches, all the South Africa could muster was two wins, a draw and a defeat in its pool matches.

Q4 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

India play the ball for Jarman who traps the ball brilliantly but can’t do anything meaningful with the ball.

Q4 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

Half a quarter of hockey has gone here. If India can hold out, they will play for the gold medal.

Q4 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

So far, India has not watched this quarter. Sitting and defending won’t be a good plan at this point.

Q4 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

SA sends the ball to Cassiem again. He walks in and attempts a reverse shot on goal. The defender reaches it and the ball goes out of bounds.

Q4 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

Manpreet collects the ball in midfield and passes it to Gurjant. The striker sees his captain’s run and plays it to him but recovers it with a throw-in. He has a shot on goal but it is wide.

Q4 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

India plays the Jarman who brilliantly uses his body to open up space for a pass. He crosses it with a certain rhythm but there is no one to touch him.

Q4 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

Last 15 minutes of the game. Here we are.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

END OF THE THREE QUARTER

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

Very scrappy end to the quarter here as both teams fail to keep possession well with lots of errors on both sides.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

Manpreet is back in the game.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

We are entering the last three minutes of the quarter.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

GREEN CARD FOR MANPREET!

India at ten for two minutes.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

IT’S JARMAN THIS TIME!! IT WAS LOW AND HARD BUT JONES GETS TO BACKUP!

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

Abhishek comes in from the left and leaves Drummond for dead. However, the SA skipper has a knock on him and knocks him down.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

The battery does its job and rushes in before the shot can damage the score.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

PC FOR SA!

Cassiem arrives from the left and has a shot on goal. The ref says he went out and the Indian stick was dangerous.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

SA has another chance via PC but Sreejesh again pulls off a great save. When the ball goes out, Sa tries to replay the ball and Prasad falls.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

India play the ball wide to open up the middle. They get it at Prasad in the D and the ball is kicked into the far corner again. Jones makes a diving save this time.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

SA plays the ball long again and for once they are able to bring it back. The ball is played in the middle of D but there is no one except Sreejesh.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

Kox gets the ball on top of the D and tries to put it on one foot. Missing two pairs of feet while India gets away with it.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 1 SOUTH AFRICA

GOAL IT!! JULIUS SCORES ON THE REBOUND!

Brown’s drag flick is right on Sreejesh making the save. Unfortunately for India, the ball falls on Julius who hammers it in front of the goalkeeper.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

SA for or Brown this time and Amit rushes in to block it. Another PC though.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

Cassien enters with the pace again and Manpreet clears the ball to his chest.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

India try the variation as Harman leaves it to Varun, whose shot is wide deflected.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

They get a chance and play the ball quickly to Abhishek who plays it to the end. He comes dangerously out of an SA stick and India has a PC!

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

Slow start by the Indians here. They keep the ball and wait for an opening.

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

Q3 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

India fire Sreejesh for the third quarter.

Q2 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

HALF TIME!

Q2 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

They put the ball in the D and shoot on goal. It’s high but it was shocking how easily they got in.

Q2 | INDIA 2 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

SA loses the ball in the final third and sits there appealing for a foul that didn’t come. India quickly passes the ball to Mandeep. The striker eventually passes Jones who can do nothing as the ball is low and hard to the right of the keeper.

Q2 | INDIA 1 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

We are in the last three minutes of the quarter as SA tries to build another attack. The ball arrives in the D and Pathak recovers it. No real danger there.

Q2 | INDIA 1 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

WHAT DID JONES HAVE FOR LUNCH TODAY?

Gurjant collects the ball inside the D on the left side and he puts it to Akashdeep. He has a pop on goal and Jones just gets away with it.

Q2 | INDIA 1 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

India comes back from the left and they bring it to Akashdeep who tries the tomahawk. Guess who’s there to deny him again – JONES! What a game he is.

Q2 | INDIA 1 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

India sends the ball to Mandeep again. This time the striker can’t adjust his feet as he tries to get inside and loses the ball.

Q2 | INDIA 1 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

Mandeep kicks the ball wide down the left flank with space in front of him. He enters and starts from the base line, crosses it. He misses everyone before Lalit recovers the ball on the left. He has a shot on goal but Jones is there again to fend it off.

Q2 | INDIA 1 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

India collects the ball just outside their D and sends the ball to Lalit. He runs to the defense but runs out of space and ends up winning a free kick for his team.

Q2 | INDIA 1 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

GOAL FOR INDIA!! ABHISHEK

He passes Cassiem like he’s not there, then unleashes a perfect reverse stick into the far corner. It was an exceptionally good finish.

Q2 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

This time SA has skipper Drummond on the drag flick. He catches Prasad with his stick as the referee indicates a free out for India.

Q2 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

SA pierces the ball and he comes out of an Indian stick and gets up. The referee points for a CP.

Q2 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

Brown’s SA drag flick is framed and Pathak goes big to make the save. He then follows and kicks the ball away from danger.

Q2 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

PC TO SA!

WOW THIS RHYTHM!! Cassiem passes in the middle of the field like Usain Bolt because nobody approaches him. He plays the ball from the foot for a PC.

Q2 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

Another long ball from South Africa is easily intercepted by the Indians. They should stop doing that because they give the ball away too easily to a much more talented Indian team.

Q2 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

We left in the second trimester.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

THIS IS THE END OF THE FIRST QUARTER

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

HARMAN AGAIN!! AND AGAIN JONES!! THERE’S ALREADY FIVE SAVES IN THE GAME!

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

HARMAN GOES TO THE LEFT OF JONES AGAIN!! AND AGAIN JONES SAVED IT!!

The ref awards a free takedown but India says he came out of an SA body so it should be another PC. INDIA GOODBYE!!

IT WILL BE ANOTHER PC!

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

PC FOR INDIA

SA Review it though! SA say he came off an Indian foot before touching a South African foot. It will be interesting to see if we can get an angle as it is outside the D.

I don’t think there will be enough evidence to overturn this. They finally found the right angle. It seems to have come out of an Indian foot.

REFEREE SAYS THERE IS NO CLEAR EVIDENCE!! THEREFORE THE DECISION OF THE CP WILL BE MAINTAINED

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

India has struggled to penetrate with consistency so far. Each time they did, Jones rose to the challenge.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

We are in the last three minutes here as the scores still remain level.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

LUCK FOR INDIA

Akashdeep shows amazing stick work to pass three players before passing it to Abhishek. The striker has a shot on goal but Jones makes a smart save.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

WHAT HAPPENED HERE?

SA tries to pass the ball across the pitch in an aerial fashion but Mandeep raises his stick and intercepts it. However, the ball is awarded to SA for dangerous play.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

India must be wary of the SA counter because of the pace they possess.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

Here comes India though. they chain a few passes down the right flank but Abhishek hits the ball just as it is released,

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

SA has put pressure on in the last few minutes and India is struggling to get out of its last third.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

LUCK FOR HIS

They bring the ball in the middle before playing it wide. The ball is crossed again but Horne cannot put the finishing touch on it.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

India started on the front foot and need a clearance from the SA line to keep the scores level.

Q1 | INDIA 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA

The teams are out and we are ready to start

Indian team : Abishek, Lalit UpadhyayShamsher, Gurjant, Mandeep, Manpreet, Hardik, Akashdeep, Nilakanta, Vivek Sagar, Surender, Harmanpreet, Varun, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet, Jugraj, PR SreejeshKrishan Pathak.

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