Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

India beat Pakistan with 3-1 in Hockey Asia Cup 2017

India beat Pakistan with 3-1 in Hockey Asia Cup 2017

October 15: The Indian men's hockey team continued their winning run at the ongoing Asia Cup 2017 as they defeated their arch rivals Pakistan 3-1 in a high-voltage Group A encounter in Dhaka on Sunday. The Indians, thus, finished on top of Pool A. With this victory, India finished the pool unbeaten with nine points.

Towards the end of third quarter, the match completely turned in favour of India as Ramandeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh netted goals in 44th and 45th minute respectively.

Pakistan came on the score-sheet after Ali Shan scored in the 48th minute to give his side a chance. Despite the result, Pakistan is in the top four along with India from Pool A. From Pool B, South Korea and Malaysia are in the semi-finals. On the other hand, Pakistan on Friday dropped two points after Japan held them 2-2.

The Indians came out hard in the second quarter and took the lead in the 17th minute through Chinglesnsana, who slammed home after receiving a fine pass from Akashdeep Singh, who was operating in the wide right.

A breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Gurjant Singh swiftly dribbled into the left flank to find Amit Rohidas perfectly poised in front of the post. India still lead the game 3-1.

Both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first quarter with India creating chances repeatedly.

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"I don't think our penalty corner conversation is bad".

Despite the thrashings, Pakistan will take confidence from the way they have dominated India at Asia Cup meetings.

Rohidas, with no real threat from the Bangladesh defenders, struck the ball into the goal winning India a 4-0 lead.

Interestingly, Sunday will witness the 170th clash between India and Pakistan and the match is pegged to be Hero Asia Cup's biggest encounter with Bangladeshi hockey buffs expected to turn out in large numbers to witness this epic face-off.

India won their 10th penalty corner of the match within seconds and this time the umpire awarded another penalty corner as Varun's effort was obstructed by Bangladeshi defenders.

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