RAWALPINDI - Pakistan outplayed arch-rivals India by 4-1 in the men's hockey bronze medal match in the four-nation Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s on Sunday. After two consecutive frustrating draws against arch rivals India and New Zealand the green shirts wanted to prove a point as they started the match against India in a thunderous fashion, here too Imran Shah the goalkeeper was the hero for Pakistan who stopped the Indians forwards and denied them numerous goal scoring opportunities. With wayward shooting inside the circle, Indians had only themselves to blame as even a sizeable fan turnout also failed to inspire them. Rajpal Singh struck India's lone goal at the stroke of lemon break through a penalty corner. The match started briskly, with India dominating the first five minutes but it was Pakistan which moved the scoreboard early on. Pakistan converted the half chances that came their way to go up 2-0 within the first 12 minutes. Captain Shakeel Abbasi netted the first goal in the 7th minute and M Waqas doubled the lead in the 12th minute and took the match away from the Indians. Goals thereafter came easily for Pakistan with Fareed Ahmed netted the third goal for Pakistan in the 17th minute and Waqas giving finishing touches to a good attack in the 21st minute. To add to India's woes, Vikas Sharma got a green card suspension along with Pakistan getting a penalty corner in the sixth minute. Sohail Abbasi got the feed in the resultant penalty drill, and whacked the ball in with his characteristic backhand to flummox Indian Goalie PR Sreejesh for the first goal of the match. Though Sardar Singh, Gurbaj Singh and defender V Raghunath created many moves for the forwards to score but S B Sunil, Yuvraj Walmiki and Tushar Khandekar were rusty. Hard-earned crosses and pushes into the circle went abegging without any of the forwards even making a semblance of effort. Tushar, in the 25th minute, was served from near the circle by Sarwanjit Singh but he let the ball pass him silently. Two minutes later, young forward Yuvraj hit the side netting after getting served from Gurbaj on the right. Pakistan could have also conceded two or three goals but Imran Shah like past maintained his excellent form in the goal and pulled off some fine saves to deny India from scoring further goals. An inside source has confirmed this scribe that Imran Shah played the sheet anchor role in guiding Pakistan to third position, Imran Shah was in sublime form right through out the tournament and played exceptionally well against all the opponents, specially he was in breath taking form against the hosts Australia, although Pakistan loss the match 3-2 but it was Imran's heroics which prevented them from scoring more goals. Indian captain Bharat Chhetri, who played the second half of the crucial match expressed surprise on the team's performance in the match. . "We did not play our usual game. We lost our usual rhythm also. In fact, we lost the game when we missed at least three clear chances within the first five minutes. I think we lost the game when that happened," Chhetri admitted. MOHSIN ALI