NEW DELHI: Pakistanís hopes to reach semi-final of the hockey tournament were shattered as they lost the crucial game in the Commonwealth Games to India 4-7 here .
at the 19,000 packed open-air Major Dhyan Chand Stadium
The hockey clash between bitter rivals India and Pakistan sold out several weeks ago, since when residents of the capital have showed limited interest in any of the other sports.
With steeply-banked seats going right down to the field of play, the cauldron atmosphere soon came to a boil as India rocketed off to a 4-0 lead within 20 minutes.
A fifth goal early in the second half took India to 5-2 and well on the way to crowning the evening with a 7-4 final score