(Hockey) India, Pakistan qualify for round robin of Asia Cup

Dominant India maul Bangladesh
India vs Pakistan Hockey Asia Cup 2017 live streaming: TV guide & start time

16 October, 2017

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.

Goals from Chinglensana Singh (17'), Ramandeep Singh (44') and Harmanpreet Singh (45') ensured the top spot in Pool A for India.

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman took to twitter and said: "Wonderful effort from @TheHockeyIndia to beat Pakistan 3-1 in Asia Cup Hockey".

However, Pakistan progressed to the "Super 4s" stage with four points on the basis of a better goal difference.

After the two easy wins against Japan (5-1) and hosts Bangladesh (7-0), as expected India had a relatively tough outing against Pakistan but managed to maintain their all-win record.

Pakistan also could not make the most of their opportunities as India continued to dominate possession.

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

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.

Rohidas, with no real threat from the Bangladesh defenders, struck the ball into the goal winning India a 4-0 lead. India had the chance to tighten the noose on the match as two Pakistan players were awarded yellow cards, but the Pakistan's defence held their nerves.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have qualified for the second stage as well.

India won their 10th penalty corner of the match within seconds and this time the umpire awarded another penalty corner as Varun's effort was obstructed by Bangladeshi defenders. "We watched the video of the match against Japan".

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