India take 3-0 lead after 3rd quarter

The greatest hockey rivalry

India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 to finish top of Pool A in the ongoing Asia Cup Hockey 2017 tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

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.

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

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.

India are now sitting atop Pool A with six points from two wins while Pakistan are placed second with four points.

Pakistan came on the score-sheet after Ali Shan scored in the 48th minute to give his side a chance.

India won two consecutive matches and continued their dominant form in the match against rivals Pakistan on the ground. On the other hand, Pakistan on Friday dropped two points after Japan held them 2-2.

The Dutchman though will face a sterner test as the pressure of leading an Indian team against Pakistan will take a toll even on the best tacticians.

Three minutes later, Gurjant Singh's reverse hit from the right flank was just off target.

India's first win, in 2003, came at Pakistan's expense in the final.

Pakistan, with four points, also advanced to the second round. In the 43rd minute, Ramandeep leaped close to the goalline, and scored past the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Q3 43'min: Third Penalty corner of the match for Pakistan! In Super 4s round, the top teams from both the pool will play in round-robin format before the knockouts.

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. 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.

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