India thrash South Africa 5-1, win FIH Series Finals

Saturday, 15 Jun, 11.28 pm

Bhubaneshwar, June 15 (IANS) India beat South Africa 5-1 here on Saturday to win the FIH Series Finals title. Goals from Varun Kumar (2nd and 49th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (11th and 25th minute), and Vivek Sagar Prasad (35th minute) gave world no. 5 India a routine win over the 16th ranked South Africa, whose lone goal was scored by Richard Pautz in the 53rd minute.Earlier, Asian Games champion Japan beat the US 4-2 to secure third place. By virtue of reaching the summit clash, both India and South Africa had qualified for the Olympic qualifiers which will be held in either October or November 2019. It took less than two minutes for India to win their first penalty corner at the Kalinga Stadium.