NEW DELHI Pakistan hockey was reborn here Saturday morning at Dhayn Chand Hockey Stadium where the sub continental team fought doggedly and courageously against the world champions Australia before losing 1-0 in a crucial group A match of the Games. Chris Ciriello slammed home the only goal of an exciting contest for the defending champions two minutes from lemon time to give the Australians their third straight win in the championship and a place in the semi-final from the group. Australia, whose hockey owe a lot to the sub continent, have dominated the hockey championships of the now 71-nation Games since hockey was added to this international Games. For Pakistan, the encounter played under the blazing Indian October sun was crucial to cement a place in the semi-final from the group where other teams are host India, Malaysia and Scotland. Pakistan already had six points from victories (3-0) against Scotland and (4-1) against Malaysia. After the defeat, Pakistan and India match, which will be played late on Sunday evening (today) under floodlights, has become a life and death struggle for the two historical hockey archrivals. They would go for victory because only that result could lift them to the last four. India is scheduled to play Scotland on Saturday night. Pundits are predicting easy win for the host team. Not much chance was given to Pakistanis who rank eight in the world against the top ranked Australia but the performance of Pakistan team was superb and heart warming. Defeat is not the true reflection of the effort that this team which finished at the bottom rung in the last world championship at the same venue this year. Australia won that coveted trophy initiated and donated by Pakistan some 39 years ago. Playing in Commonwealth games was a huge training for the Pakistanis for next months Asian Games in China. After Saturdays performance one could believe that Pakistan is on right track for the Asian Games. Sunday evening would be crucial for Pakistan as a huge local crowd is expected for the match between India and Pakistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan hockey chief selector and former Olympian Hanif Khan appreciated the performance of the national team against Australia but added the team had ample opportunities to at least play a draw. Talking to TheNation, Hanif Khan said Pakistans performance certainly was good. But added he was praying and hoping the national team would have turned the advantage it had from time-to-time in the match to get a better result. He said the best result would have been a draw. The only area where they lacked was scoring.