India defeat Pakistan 3-1 in Hockey Asia Cup

India defeat Pakistan 3-1 in Hockey Asia Cup

India will take on Pakistan in their third Pool A match on Sunday.

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.

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.After beating Japan 5-1 in their opening match, the Manpreet Singh-led side mauled minnows Bangladesh 7-0 yesterday. However, the match against Pakistan was expected to be a relatively tough contest. In fact, the Men in Blue managed to control the proceedings for most of the match. Akashdeep Singh showed some speed on the left flank to inject pace into the attack and then found Chinglensana Singh in the D-area, who finished the move with a sublime hit to give India the lead.

Ramandeep Singh (44′) and Harmanpreet Singh (45′) were on the score-sheet for India.

Much to Pakistan's disappointment Harmanpreet Singh had scored for Indian in the 45th minute giving India the lead for 3-0.

Thus, India continued their recent domination over the neighbouring rivals, which includes consecutive wins in the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London earlier this year. Good work in the circle by Varun and Sunil saw India win a penalty corner with less than two minutes to go for the final hooter but Harmanpreet's effort went too high up the post, ending the match with a 7-0 victory.

Twitter came alive after the match with several celebrities, among others, congratulating the Indian team on the superb win. On the other hand, Pakistan on Friday dropped two points after Japan held them 2-2.

The Manpreet Singh-led side drew first blood through Chinglensana in the 17th minute of the game and they maintained their 1-0 lead till the end of half time.

Hence, Japan needs not only a big win over Bangladesh but also hope for Pakistan's defeat against India by a margin which suits them. "For hockey lovers, India- Pakistan is always a great game to watch".

Rohidas, with no real threat from the Bangladesh defenders, struck the ball into the goal winning India a 4-0 lead. For Pakistan, Ali Shan (49th) was the lone scorer.

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