India vs Wales Live Score, Hockey World Cup 2023: Men in Blue need eight-goal winning margin to qualify for quarterfinals


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Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the Indian men’s hockey team’s final Group D match against Wales at the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through live action as it unfolds at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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POINTS TABLE

6:50PM – The full-time hooter for the England vs Spain match is on. England wins 4-0 which means – India needs to beat Wales by a margin of eight goals to top the group and qualify directly for the quarterfinals.

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6:40PM – England makes it 4-0 with still eight minutes remaining. As things stand, India will need to beat Wales by a margin of at least eight goals to top the group and qualify directly for the quarterfinals.

6:35PM – The England vs Spain is into the final quarter with the score still 2-0 in England’s favour.

6:30PM – PREVIOUS MEETINGS

August 4, 2022: India 4-1 Wales (Commonwealth Games)

April 8, 2018: India 4-3 Wales (Commonwealth Games)

July 25, 2014: India 3-1 Wales (Commonwealth Games)

6:25PM – HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

Played: 3 |  India: 3 |  Wales: 0 |  Draw: 0

6:15PM – It is the day when mathematics comes into play. England, the current Group D topper, leads Spain 2-0 in its final game at half-time. If the scoreline remains the same till the full-time hooter, Indian team will have to beat Wales by a margin of six goals to top the group and ensure direct qualification for the quarterfinals. The contest begins at 7PM. Stay tuned as I take you through the pre-match build and also what India will eventually need to do.

PREVIEW (By Uthra Ganesan)

On paper, India will be firm favourite to win, and win big, against Wales in its final Pool D match in Bhubaneswar on Friday. The gap between the two teams is evident in every possible way – ranking, experience, legacy, expectations, support. It’s the last two ones that will be what India coach Graham Reid calls dual-edged swords. That and the danger of crossing the faint, barely visible line between confidence and overconfidence.

SQUADS

India

P.R. Sreejesh, Krishna Pathak, Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh (Captain), Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas (Vice Captain), Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek, Sukhjeet Singh

Head Coach: Graham Reid

Wales

Toby Reynolds-Cotterill(gk), Rhys Payne(gk), Gareth Furlong, Daniel Kyriakides, Hywel Jones, Ioan Wall, Steve Kelly, Lewis Prosser (captain), Dale Hutchinson, Jacob Draper, Gareth Griffiths, Rhys Bradshaw, Rupert Shipperley (captain), Fred Newbold, Ben Francis, Luke Hawker (captain), James Carson, Jack Pritchard

Head Coach: Daniel Newcombe

After playing their first two league matches in Rourkela, the teams landed in Bhubaneswar on Monday and have been sweating it out at what has virtually been their home for the past few years. The injury to Hardik Singh was a dampener but things are looking better for the youngster for future games. The 15,000-capacity Kalinga Stadium is expected to be packed and while Wales did face the crowd in Rourkela, this would be the first time the Welsh would feel the full force of it, playing against the host.

India to focus on own strengths, go big against Wales

India’s defence has come good against tougher opponents so far in the competition and will be looking to maintain the momentum against Wales without getting complacent. The Indian forward line of Shamsher Singh, Abhishek, Sukhjeet Singh and Mandeep Singh will be looking to finally find their shots on target although it won’t be easy – the Welsh were overwhelmed in their first two games but not without a gritty defensive display. And India’s penalty corner conversion, the one area of concern for the host, will be tested. As of now, India’s actual win margin requirement will depend on the result of Spain vs England match earlier in the day.

Of course, the best option for India vis-a-vis the other Pool D game would be Spain defeating England. That would not only see Spain leapfrog into second position but also leave India to manage just a win to top the Pool without bothering with the number of goals. Spain has had one win so far but the youthful side has been impressive in its confident and tactical play and will not be an easy opponent for its European rival. At the same time, England’s woes with penalty corners has continued, making any bets on the result of the face-off risky.

When and where will India vs Wales Group D match of the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup be played?

India vs Wales Group D match of the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be played at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Thursday – January 19, 2023.

At what time will India vs Wales Group D match of the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup begin?

India vs Wales Group D match of the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will begin at 7PM IST.

Where to watch India vs Wales Group D match of the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup?

India vs Wales Group D match of the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be telecast live on Star Sports First, Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Select 2 SD. The same will be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar.

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