Asia Cup hockey: India beat Pakistan 3-1, tops in Pool A

Dominant India maul Bangladesh

Dominant India continued their winning spree as they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 in a pool encounter of the 10th men's Asia Cup hockey tournament, in Dhaka, today.

It was goals by Chinglensana Singh (17′), Ramandeep Singh (44′) and Harmanpreet Singh (45′) that ensured India a top spot in Pool A.

The last time India played Pakistan in a hockey match was at Hockey World League in England where the Roelant Oltmans' side thrashed Pakistan by 6-1. Right after the victory, cricketers and sportspersons from across India hailed the team's spectacular show against Pakistan.

However, in the final quarter Pakistan, who were trailing 0-3, came hard on the Indian defence in search of goals.

India skipper Manpreet Singh was happy with the result, but felt the team needs to make improvements in the upcoming matches.

The Sjoerd Marijne-coached Indian team will be aiming to continue to pump in more goals with their forwards in very good form.




Contrary to the win, Pakistan had the first real scoring chance when they earned their first penalty corner but they wasted it.

At the start though, backed by a boisterous home crowd, Bangladesh looked determined as they began with a good attack but a clinical performance from the Indian team gave them little opportunity to bring some cheer to their supporters who had turned up in large numbers. India still lead the game 3-1.

Two minutes into the third quarter, India won a penalty corner but India's young dragflicker Varun Kumar's effort was padded away.

India are on top of Pool A and have already booked a place in the Super-4 stage.

Both Pakistan and Japan finished with four points but Pakistan has qualified for the next round of Super Four because of the better goal difference than that of Japan. India lead the table with six points, Pakistan are second with four points.

Pakistan enjoyed the most of the possession in the first quarter but failed to make it count. "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 beats hosts by a big margin then we are in trouble", emphasized Irfan.

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