Hockey Asian Champions Trophy 2016: India 3 – 2 Pakistan at full time

The match lived up to its billing and India come out of it as group leaders.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 26, 2016 1:52 pm
indiavspakistan-m India now go on top of the group table. (Source: twitter)

It is safe to say that the match proved to be just as intense and as competitive as any India-Pakistan contest is expected to be. Pakistan started on an attacking winning an early penalty corner. They failed to convert that and slowly, India started taking control of the match. India took advantage of the better possession and went ahead. Pakistan were looking on the backfoot throughout the second quarter.

The third quarter was where the match came alive. Pakistan struck early to level the score and took control of the game. They then went ahead and India’s defence looked to be in tatters. India then won a penalty corner that was converted by Rupinder Pal Singh. Within seconds India attacked again and Ramandeep made it 3-2.

 

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India and Pakistan are placed second and third respectively in the group table. India have a chance of toppling group leaders Malaysia with a victory in this match while a win for Pakistan would mean that they would exchange places with India to become second.

Pakistan hockey team coach Khawaja Junaid had said that the encounter against India will be the showpiece match of the Asian Champions Trophy and his side will provide an exhibition of attacking sub-continental hockey.

“An India-Pakistan hockey match is always a game of emotions,” said Junaid, asserting that these popular encounters “showcase skills that attracts millions of spectators to the sport.”

India captain P R Sreejesh, on the other, is keen that his players play it cool when the Asian Champions Trophy’s key encounter against arch sub-continental hockey rivals Pakistan comes up on Sunday.

Seeking to cool the nerves of his players, Sreejesh says the Indian team have set sights on winning the Asian Champions Trophy title and the preliminary league fixture against Pakistan is just one of those games.

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Here are the starting XIs:

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Pakistan got an early penalty corner. PR Sreejesh showed his class as his save kept Pakistan out and keep the game level.

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PR Sreejesh screaming at his defence when Pakistan staged another attack. India’s defence looks fragile thus far and seems to be something that is being held together by the keeper.

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Akashdeep ran the ball into the D but Pakistan was able to parry it away. Pakistan looking stronger defending in the middle than their opponents but India looking to tip the balance in the match after consecutive Pakistan attacks.

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Balwinder struck the ball from the edge of the Pakistan circle. The shot whizzed just wide off the post. Still level as just aout 2 mins left in the first quarter.

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FIRST QUARTER ENDS! INDIA 0-0 PAKISTAN

Pakistan started on an attacking note but it is India that have since had the bulk of possession and made most of the attacking moves. At the same time, Pakistan looked ready for almost anything India throws at them

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India look much more organised in this second quarter.They have kept the pressure on Pakistan and kept them on the ropes. Pakistan, though saw an opening and managed to take a shot from inside the circle that was saved by Sreejesh.

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GOAL! India 1-0 Pakistan (Pardeep Mor)

Pardeep Mor went all the way to the goal line on the right sides and whipped the ball inwards. Goalkeeper tried to make a block but only ended up guiding the ball in. Pardeep was in the circle when he played it and the goal stands.

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SECOND QUARTER ENDS India 1-0 Pakistan

Pakistan clearly lost their intensity in this quarter while India come at them with wave after wave of attacks. India also had the advantage of having the extra minute when Pakistan was on a green card briefly.

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GOAL! India 1-1 Pakistan (Rizwan Sr.)

Right at the beginning of the second-half. Pakistan straight away pressed India and took the ball back. A fwew quick passes and they were in through the middle. Rizwan Sr. banged the ball in, giving Sreejesh too little time to react. Game on!
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GOAL! India 1-1 Pakistan (Rizwan Sr.)

Right at the beginning of the second-half. Pakistan straight away pressed India and took the ball back. A fwew quick passes and they were in through the middle. Rizwan Sr. banged the ball in, giving Sreejesh too little time to react. Game on!

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Pakistan were on the backfoot in the second quarter but are now certainly back in the game. They haven’t made a serious threat on goal ever since scoring but are holding the ball better and keeping India on their toes

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GOAL! India 1-2 Pakistan

Pakistan has been the better team in every department in this half so far and they have punished India yet again for shoddy defending. It seems India just lose their composure when the ball comes down the middle

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GOAL! India 2-2 Pakistan

India made the most out of a penalty corner given by the third umpire. Rupinder Singh Pal drove the ball in and the Pakistan keeper stood no chance.

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GOAL! India 3-2 Pakistan

Pakistan certainly didnt know what hit them. From 1-2 up to 3-2 down within 20 secionds. This time its Ramadeep who scores. India ahead again.

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GOAL! India 3-2 Pakistan

Pakistan certainly didn’t know what hit them. From 1-2 up to 3-2 down within 20 seconds. This time it’s Ramandeep who scores. India ahead again.

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8 minutes left in the fourth quarter and India keep probing. Pakistan remain pragmatic. Both teams seem a bit tired after the frenzied third quarter

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FULL TIME India 3-2 Pakistan

The third quarter is where the game was decided. Two goals in the span of few seconds took India from 2-1 down to 3-2 up. Ramandeep’s goal, as it turned out, was the deciding one as India successfully held onto their lead in the fourth quarter. It was a riveting contest, and one that did justice to the hype surrounding this match.