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CWG 2022 India vs South Africa Men’s Hockey Semi Final Highlights: IND 3-2 RSA MPNRC News

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South Africa stunned defending champions New Zealand in their final group stage match to finish second in Pool A, ahead of six-time champions Australia. On the other hand, India topped Pool B ahead of England.

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The Indian team has three wins and one draw in the tournament so far. South Africa on the other hand have recorded two wins and one draw and one loss each.

India had beaten Ghana 11–0 in their opening match, but England drew 4–4. In their third game, they beat Canada 8–0 and then defeated Wales 4–1.

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Given the current form and world ranking, the world number 5 Indians will start as world number 13 against South Africa.

India’s vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh is in top form, leading the goalscorers list with nine goals. He converted as many as eight penalty corners and scored one goal.

If Harmanpreet isn’t enough, the presence of Varun Kumar, Jugraj Singh and Amit Rohidas gives India plenty of variety in the penalty corners.

Captain Manpreet Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad form the backbone of India’s midfield, while Neelkant Sharma has impressed everyone with his performances in the tournament so far.

In the front line, the ever-reliable Mandeep Singh lives on. He not only created chances but also put himself in the right position at the right time to score some great poaching goals.

In Mandeep, Lalit Upadhyay, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Abhishek, the Indians boast a dangerous strike force and the South African defense will have to play out of their skin to contain them.

The only blemish for India in the games so far was against England, where they were leading 3-0 at one stage due to a lack of concentration and discipline.

India will try to be disciplined and avoid unnecessary cards, which cost them against England.

Harmanpreet said that winning the bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics has boosted the confidence of the team.

“We learned a lot about ourselves as a team at the Tokyo Olympics, which helped us improve as a team. But first, our target is tomorrow’s match and we are fully prepared,” he said.

South Africa, meanwhile, will be full of confidence after beating highly ranked New Zealand.

South Africa is known for sitting back and surprising opponents.

“It doesn’t matter who we play in the semifinals, we’ll just focus on that game and see what happens,” drag-flicker Connor Beauchamp said.

Australia will face hosts England in the second semi-final.

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