Hockey Asia Cup 2017: Pakistan vs India match today
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Oct 16, 2017,
Oct 16, 2017, 0:10
Asian heavyweights India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the much-anticipated Asia Cup 2017 encounter at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday, October 15.
Despite defeat in the crucial match, Pakistan reached the "Super 4s" stage with four points on the basis of a better goal difference.
Though Pakistan got off to a roaring start in this tournament with a 7-1 win against hosts Bangladesh, they stumbled against Japan as they settled for a 2-2 draw. First it was Gurjant Singh who received a brilliant assist from Amit Rohidas on the right baseline which he simply had to nudge into the post to fetch India a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.
What time will live coverage of the match start?
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The Sjoerd Marijne-coached Indian team will be aiming to continue to pump in more goals with their forwards in very good form.
Despite the thrashings, Pakistan will take confidence from the way they have dominated India at Asia Cup meetings. The lower-ranked Japanese side though are favourites against hosts Bangladesh, but they need to win big if they are to stun the Men in Green. 13 goals over two games would have made coach Marine happy, but India's poor conversation rate of penalty corners is a cause of concern.
India replaced Karkera with Akash Chikte in the goal at the halfway mark and the young custodian came up with a superb save in the 40th minute to deny Pakistan.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have qualified for the second stage as well.
India vs Pakistan in Asia Cup will be shown live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 2. And it was not just him, there were others too who had expressed their joy on India's thrilling win over Pakistan. Thereafter, India pressed hard and earned as many as three penalty corners in succession but wasted all.