The Indian men’s hockey team scripted a stunning 12-2 win over hosts Oman but went down 4-5 against Pakistan at the Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier in Salalah, on Wednesday.

In the second game of the night against Pakistan, Maninder Singh (17’, 29’), Gurjot Singh (12’), and Mohammad Raheel (21’) were on target for India. For Pakistan, Ahtisham Aslam (2’, 3’), Zikriya Hayat (5’), Abdul Rehman (13’), and Abdul Rana (26’) scored the goals to help set up their win.

The match started with Pakistan maintaining possession in the early minutes as Ahtisham Aslam caught India’s defence napping with a reverse hit to get an early goal.

As India tried to get back into the match with a quick move, goalkeeper Ali Raza made a good save and initiated a counter-attack, leading to Aslam doubling Pakistan’s lead.

Maninder tried to hold the ball in the middle, but Zikriya Hayat intercepted and took a shot from a distance to score another goal for Pakistan.

Minutes later Gurjot made the most of an attacking move from the right flank and scored India’s first goal.

Rehman Abdul found the back of the nets late in the first half and India went into halftime trailing by 1-4.

Needing to cover the deficit, India started on a strong foot in the second half. But Pakistan continued to threaten from the left forcing India goalkeeper Suraj Karkera to remain on his toes.

After receiving a long pass, Maninder then struck a reverse hit to score the second goal for India.

Minutes later, Raheel combined with Pawan Rajbhar deep in Pakistan’s half and scored the third goal for India, further putting pressure on the opposition.

Just when it looked like India might cover the deficit, Pakistan Captain Abdul Rana struck a reverse hit to extend his side’s lead with just minutes left on the clock.

India earned a late challenge in the match and Maninder made no mistake and converted it with ease. But Pakistan played out the final minute keeping possession and managed to register a close win.

Earlier, in the day, India picked up a 12-2 win over Oman. Raheel (2’, 9’, 30’), Rajbhar (9’, 10’, 21’), and Maninder (16’, 23’, 26’), scored a hat-trick each, while Jugraj Singh (3’, 28’) scored a brace and Sukhvinder (29’) scored one goal to help India pick up the win.

India began the game against Oman on front foot, with Raheel showcasing his attacking prowess straightaway. Early goals from him and Jugraj set up the momentum in India’s favour. Mohammed

Raheel and Rajbhar added three more goals to expose Oman’s defensive unit and took India to a solid 5-0 lead at halftime.

The second half started with Oman’s counter-attack and Fahad Al Lawati (16’) pulled one a back for Oman. But Maninder scored instantly to retain India’s five-goal lead.

In urgent need of goals, Rashad Al Fazari (18’) made the most of another counter-attack from Oman and scored their second goal.

But three minutes later, Rajbhar put the ball back into the nets once again to extend India’s lead to 7-2.

Maninder Singh completed his hat-trick with two quick goals, after which, Jugraj, Sukhvinder, and Raheel (30’) scored three late goals to help India attain a comfortable 12-2 win.

India will next face off against Malaysia at 1430 hrs IST and Japan at 1930 hrs IST on Thursday.