Asia Cup Hockey: India beat Pakistan 3-1 to top Pool A

Posted October 16, 2017

The two team have last played each other in the World Hockey League semifinals where India trounced Pakistan by 6-1.

India face arch-rivals Pakistan in a Pool A match of the Asia Cup at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

The Green Shirts thrashed hosts Bangladesh 7-0 on Thursday and played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Japan in their Pool A-encounter on Friday.

India skipper Manpreet Singh was happy with the result, but felt the team needs to make improvements in the upcoming matches. In fact, the Men in Blue managed to control the proceedings for most of the match.

It was India who broke the deadlock in the 17th minute through Chinglesnsana Singh.

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. In the next minute, Harmanpreet sealed the fate of Pakistan hockey team making it 3-0 for Indians with a swinging flick.

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India controlled the proceedings for the better part of the match, barring the final quarter when Pakistan, trailing 0-3, came hard on the Indian defence in search of goals.

Twitter came alive after the match with several celebrities, among others, congratulating the Indian team on the superb win. Statistics show that India have just 57 wins while Pakistan have won 82 times against their nemesis India.

At half-time, India were leading 1-0.

"For hockey lovers, India vs Pakistan is always a great game to watch". 13 goals over two games would have made coach Marine happy, but India's poor conversation rate of penalty corners is a cause of concern.

Sjoerd Marijne's side dominated the first quarter and deservedly took the lead in the second minute of the second quarter, with Kangujam Chinglensana hitting the back of the board after being left unmarked on a pass from Akashdeep Singh. For Pakistan, Ali Shan (49th) was the lone scorer.

# Another penalty corner for Pakistan.