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

Casey Dawson
October 17, 2017

India lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan a super Sunday match for the top spot in pool-A of Hero Asia Cup Hockey 2017, at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.

Chinglesnsana Singh (17th minute), Ramandeep Singh (44th) and Harmanpreet Singh (45th) scored the goals for India, while Pakistan lone strike came from the stick of Ali Shan in the 49th minute. India saw plenty of possession inside Pakistan's box in the early stages of the first quarter but could not convert it into a goal. 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, with four points, also advanced to the second round. In the next minute, Harmanpreet sealed the fate of Pakistan hockey team making it 3-0 for Indians with a swinging flick. On the other hand, Pakistan on Friday dropped two points after Japan held them 2-2.

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It was India's third consecutive win against the Green Shirts this year, as in the London World League Semifinals India won 7-1 in the group stage and 6-1 in the 5th-6th classification.

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Pakistan had a glorious chance of equalising in the 23rd minute as they earned a penalty corner, but India's Goalkeeper Suraj Karkera made a great save to deny the neighbours.

While the Indian forward line of S.V. Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay has showcased excellent form, the team continues to work hard on penalty corner conversion.

After that, Pakistan had to face a barrage of counter-attacks from India.

He rued the chances his forwards missed against Japan but is hopeful they won't make the same mistakes against India. With that, the first quarter came to an end with no goal scored.

On the other hand, Pakistan started their campaign on a high as they routed Bangladesh 7-0 in the opening match. However, Pakistan could not make the pressure count and India, again, emerged victorious over them in this tournament.

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