India v/s Pakistan, Asia Cup Hockey

India v/s Pakistan, Asia Cup Hockey

India v/s Pakistan, Asia Cup Hockey

Dhaka: India continued their brilliant form in the Asia Cup Hockey 2017 tournament as the Men In Blue defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 in their Pool A match in Dhaka on Sunday.

India will now move into the second round of Super 4s where the top teams from both the pool will play in round-robin format before the knockouts. Ramandeep Singh took on the mantle of Indian charge and doubled India's lead over Pakistan in the 44th minute. After the two easy wins against Japan (5-1) and hosts Bangladesh (7-0), as expected India had a relatively tough outing against Pakistan but managed to maintain their all-win record.

Pakistan came on the score-sheet after Ali Shan scored in the 48th minute to give his side a chance. In the next minute, Harmanpreet sealed the fate of Pakistan hockey team making it 3-0 for Indians with a swinging flick.

In their last two encounters, Pakistan had conceded 13 goals combined against India. On the other hand, Pakistan on Friday dropped two points after Japan held them 2-2. That goal seemed to spur them on, and then won a few penalty corners, but all to no avail. At the Hero Hockey World League Semi Final in London, India had thrashed their neighbours 7-1 in the pool stage and followed it up with a 6-1 win in the classification match. Indian stalwart Harmanpreet Singh was on the scoresheet along with Ramandeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh.

# Another penalty corner for Pakistan.

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Q2 16'min: GOAL! Chinglensana gets the ball off Akashdeep, taking the shot from top of D, Pakistan goalkeeper spots but the ball goes above his fallen frame.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have qualified for the second stage as well.

India vs Pakistan in Asia Cup will be shown live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 2. Hence, Pakistan will aim to at least earn a draw against India in order to advance to the second round.

He rued the chances his forwards missed against Japan but is hopeful they won't make the same mistakes against India.

Indian Hockey team is in flawless form as Sjoerd Marine's coached side has defeat Bangladesh and Japan in the first two Pool A matches.

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