Dhaka: India continued their brilliant form in the Asia Cup Hockey 2017 tournament as the Men In Blue defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 in their Pool A match in Dhaka on Sunday. With this victory, India finished on top of Pool A with nine points in three matches.
Chinglensana Singh (13′), Ramandeep Singh (44′) and Harmanpreet Singh (45′) were on the score-sheet for India. Ali Shan scored Pakistan’s lone goal of the match. India had defeated Japan 5-1 in their opening match and then mauled minnows Bangladesh 7-0 in their second encounter of the tournament.
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.
Pakistan came on the score-sheet after Ali Shan scored in the 48th minute to give his side a chance.
Much to Pakistan’s disappointment Harmanpreet Singh had scored for Indian in the 45th minute giving India the lead for 3-0.
India are already through to the Super Four round after two convincing wins. Pakistan were surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw by a determined and fast-moving Japanese side.