In Pakistan’s penultimate Pool A match at the Riverbank Arena, fans were treated to some enticing and electrifying hockey in what was otherwise a grim
and miserable day due to the rain.The match was a do or die situation for Pakistan who needed to win in order to have any chance of progressing to the semi-finals.
South Africa started strongly with Thornton McDade scoring in only the first minute of play putting the South Africans into the lead. 25 year-old Abdul Haseem Khan scored then scored the leveller for Pakistan. South Africa then once again took the lead as Justin Reid-Ross scored off a penalty corner.Pakistan then scored two goals in quick succession thanks to Shafqat Rasool and Abdul Haseem Khan for the second time in the match. With Pakistan in the lead, the Proteas hit back once again with Reid-Ross scoring his second goal of the match in the last minute of first-half play. The score at Half-time being 3-3.