IPOH, Malaysia: Defending champions Australia yesterday thrashed Pakistan 4-0 ictory in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Sunday.
The Australians had total control of the match and it was only a mater of time that scored after initial defensive play by the Pakistanis.
Veteran Jamie Dwyer, the most brilliant and effective player among the Aussies, cleverly orchestrated the second goal in the 41st minute with a one-touch to Thomas Craig, who had the easiest job of tapping the ball past goalkeeper Imran Butt.
There were two drawn matches after that and from 2006 the Pakistanis have not drawn or won
In the last meeting at the World league semi-finals in Antwerp the Australians won 6-1. But the Pakistanis defied the odds to keep it scoreless in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Australians finally found the much-needed break through off the second penalty corner attempt.
A switch in variation in the 24th minute stumped the Pakistanis. Instead of a direct flick Chris Ciriello choose to relay the ball to Blake Govers, who sounded the board with a strong push.
That was all the World Champions could show for as the second quarter ended. But it all changed in the third quarter as the Australian scored two goals in quick succession to move into easy zone.
Thomas Craig scored in the 41st minute while veteran Jamie Dwyer added the third a minute later.
The Australians domination was complete as the Pakistanis hardly had a look at their opponent’s goal or gained any penalty corners in the match. Aran Zalewski added the fourth goal in the 52nd minute off a field attempt.
Australia lead the standings with nine points. The Kiwis are one point adrift on eight followed by India (6), Malaysia and Canada on four, Pakistan (3) and Japan (0)