New Delhi: India continued their winning run in the World Hockey League (WHL) Round Two, outplaying Oman 9-1 at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, on Wednesday.
This was India’s second straight win, the first one being the 16-0 massacre of Fiji on the opening day of the six-nation meet.
Oman, though, were slightly better as opponents and even managed to score a goal through Mohammed Alshak a few minutes before the half-time.
Oman, previously, had lost 0-11 to India in the Asian Championship in December.
Earlier on the day, Ireland pumped in 13 goals past a hapless Fiji to register their second straight win.
Both India and Ireland now have six points from two matches.
The contest between the two teams, on Thursday, could be the decider in the group.
Out of the nine goals, five came from penalty corners through VR Raghunath, Rupinderpal Singh and Nitin Thimmaiah — all three of them scoring a brace — while Gurjinder Singh, Dharamveer Singh and Mandeep Singh were the other scorers.
Captain Sardar Singh was adjudged Man of the Match.
Though Nobbs said he was happy to see the healthy competition among the drag-flickers, the Indians might find things difficult against tougher opponents.
In the 2011 Olympic qualifiers, Sandeep Singh struck on several occasions through penalty corners only to find his path blocked by superior defenders in London.