Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

India keep an edge, lead 3-1 against Pakistan

India keep an edge, lead 3-1 against Pakistan

India defeated traditional rivals Pakistan 3-1 in the Asia Cup 2017 at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka.

After a lively first quarter that ended goalless, a spectacular finish by Chinglensana put India ahead in the 17th minute.

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Later, after having missed an open goal only seconds earlier, Akashdeep Singh was at ease when he worked a flawless pass from S.V. Sunil to put the ball past Bangladeshi goalkeeper Abu Nippon to double India's lead in the 10th minute. Even as the memories of India - Pakistan clash from the Hero Hockey World League Semi Final in London earlier this year is fresh in the minds of hockey lovers' world over, the two teams are geared up for tomorrow's match that is believed to create anxious moments for the teams' supporters.

On the other hand, Pakistan will qualify to the Super 4s if they manage a draw or even avoid a huge defeat against India later today.

Pakistan are three-time Asia Cup champions Pakistan while India have lifted the cup twice.

Coach Sjoerd Marjine was also at a loss regarding the poor penalty corner conversion rate (India converted one of the seven they earned).

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India defeated Pakistan 3-1 in the Hockey Asia Cup 2017 Pool A match on Sunday.

After a barren first quarter during which Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh came close to scoring, the Indians came out hard in the second quarter and took the lead through Chinglesnsana, who slammed home after receiving a fine pass from Akashdeep, operating down the wide right.

"It is a must-win game for us otherwise we know it will come down to the match between Japan and Bangladesh and if Japan beat the hosts by a big margin then we are in trouble", emphasised Irfan. 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. The Indians, thus, finished on top of Pool A. With this victory, India finished the pool unbeaten with nine points.

India opened their campaign with a facile 5-1 win over the Japanese, who went on to hold Pakistan 2-2 in their next match.

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