Pakistan Juniors wrap up SA tour with win

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Pakistan Juniors ended their tour of South Africa taking the five-Test match series with an emphatic 5-3 win against their Juniors in the fifth and final hockey Test at Durban on Saturday with a double strike from Kashif Ali, according to a message received here on Sunday.

Pakistan won the series against the Proteas 4-0 with one match drawn.

Pakistan took the South African citadel by storm and were soon leading from Kashif Ali’s penalty corner conversion in the 5th minute of the first half.

Ten minutes later left winger Muhammad Zubair doubled the lead with a brilliant field goal and then Kashif Ali stretched the lead further with a penalty stroke conversion, the result of a penalty corner strike.

In spite of Pakistan having taken an impregnable 3-0 lead at half time, the South Africans, on resumption, strongly came back in the game.

Taking advantage of the Pakistanis’ misplaced complacency, South African forwards tore through the opponents defenses which earned them a plethora of penalty corners, which they converted successfully to bring the two sides at even keel.

Pakistan came out of their slumber and succeeded in taking the lead through left winger Muhammad Zubair’s exquisite field goal.

Right half Khurrum Shehzad culminated a superb move with a fine goal just before the final hooter. Pakistan got four penalty corners while South Africa were awarded eight.

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