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Asia Cup hockey: India beat Pakistan 3-1, tops in Pool A

15 October, 2017, 19:19 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • The greatest hockey rivalry

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.

By virtue of this win, India finished on top of Pool A with nine points from three games while Pakistan secured the second spot with four points. Under Oltmans, India demolished Pakistan twice at the Hockey World League semi-final (7-1, 6-1 in the group stage, classification matches respectively) in London.

Leading the points table, India have defeated Japan (5-1) and Bangladesh (7-0) in past and will look to keep the winning momentum intact on Sunday. On Sunday, Pakistan needs to ensure a win against India to make the Super 4s stage.

Pakistan came on the score-sheet after Ali Shan scored in the 48th minute to give his side a chance.

After Pakistan wasted their third penalty corner, Ramandeep doubled India's lead in the 44th minute with a neat deflection off Harmanpreet Singh's fantastic cross from the middle of the pitch.

The Pakistan vs India match will be broadcast live on PTV Sports, Star Sports 2 Star Sports HD 2. Earlier in the tournament, the Men in Green started with a 7-0 win over Bangladesh, but they were held by Japan 2-2 on Friday.

History suggests that any Indo-Pak hockey duel is full of not just excitement and drama but also frayed tempers.Pakistan might not be the most potent force in world hockey presently but when it comes to playing against India, the intensity touches a new level. Ramandeep bettered India's advantage in the 43rd minute as he dived close to the goal line to connect across and deflecting it past the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 in India's favour.

Pakistan, who are now ranked 14th in the world compared to India's 6th, has failed to regain their winning ways.

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Q3 43'min: Third Penalty corner of the match for Pakistan!

Pakistan earn their first Penalty Corner in the 15th but failed to convert it into a goal. Rated as favourites to win the title, the Indians have been impressive so far, beating Japan and hosts Bangladesh comprehensively in their opening two Pool A matches.

IST: HALF-TIME! India lead 1-0 against Pakistan.

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