NEW DELHI Pakistan hockey team got off to a confident and winning start in the Commonwealth Games when they defeated Ireland 3-0 in group A of the championship under stifling hot condition here Tuesday at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. Placed in death group A with hot favorites Australia and hosts India along with Malaysia and Scotland, Pakistan got their three goals through Shakeel Abbasi and Rehan Butt who got a field goal apiece while Imran converted penalty corner. Manager-cum-coach of the team KM Junaid was satisfied with the final outcome of the match. He said the team played as planned and won. He said clinching maximum points from the first match has always been important and a few more goals would have been even better. He said certainly there was immense heat but it was for both the teams. Pakistan Hockey Federation chief selectors Hanif Khan and the PHF senior vice president Fateh Muhammed Shaikh, who is also collector Customs, also witnessed the match played early at 10 a.m. There was no big crowd at the match though one of Indias big rival was playing. Both Hanif Khan and Fateh Shaikh sat under blazing sun in spectators stand because they were not issued accreditation cards. Indias former skipper Zafar Iqbal, a personal friend of Hanif Khan, who is holding an important position in the organizing committee of the Games, gave them complimentary passes and they had to sit under open stands to witness the match. Hanif Khan was also happy that Pakistan got off to a winning start but said the victory should have been bigger. He said it was too early to comment on the performance of the team but added the team was a talented lot and all they needed was to play for personal and national pride. Once the members of the team realized that winning would be important for them and even more important for the nation, they would pour greater efforts and they would achieve better results. He said the main aim of the team was to climb the medal podium. Group A is the toughest group and Pakistan had to play tough to finish amongst the top two. The Games would also serve as training ground for the team which would leave for China for Asian Games next month. He said the match against Malaysia on Wednesday evening would be crucial. If Pakistan wins that match it would boost its confidence for matches against Australia and India. He said Pakistan team has great talent and they had to apply themselves to get good wins. In the meantime, the unfortunate incident of flag carrying at the opening ceremony on Sunday was given big coverage in India media. The most unfortunate part of the incident was that both the weightlifters and the official of the team Rashid Mahmood openly talked to the local media and there was no checks on them. They were not allowed to talk to the media without the permission of the high officials. Name of Pakistan was sullied just because the weight lifting officials spoke to the local media. Irrespective of the moral side, the weightlifting officials should have complained to the officials instead of going to the media. In the meantime POA president, Lt Gen (Retd) Arif Hasan intervened and settled the matter between the chef de mission Dr. MA Shah and the weightlifting team. All misunderstanding between them have been settled, an official of the contingent told TheNation.