Asia Cup: India held to a 1-1 draw by Pakistan in opening match

Published:Mar 9, 202414:45
Asia Cup: India held to a 1-1 draw by Pakistan in opening match

Defending champion India conceded a late aim to permit arch-rival Pakistan stroll away with a 1-1 attract its opening Pool A match of the Asia Cup males's hockey event in Jakarta on Monday.

India took the lead within the ninth minute by Selvam Karthi earlier than Abdul Rana equalised within the 59th from a penalty nook.

India will subsequent play Japan on Tuesday.

Pakistan had the primary scoring probability within the third minute within the type of a penalty nook, nevertheless it didn't cease the ball correctly as India survived.

Seconds later, it was India's flip to safe a penalty nook however Neelam Sanjip Xess' effort was saved by the Pakistan goalie Akmal Hussain.

The Indians continued to place strain on the Pakistan defence and secured two extra penalty corners within the first quarter, the second of which was transformed by Karthi, who scored his first worldwide aim after his flick went contained in the Pakistan citadel after getting a deflection off the stick of defender Muhammad Abdullah.

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In between Pakistan additionally acquired one other penalty nook however the effort went broad.

Quickly after the beginning of the second quarter, Pakistan goalkeeper Hussain made a effective reflex save to disclaim Pawan Rajbhar from level clean vary.

The Indians dominated the ball possession and secured one other penalty nook within the twenty first minute which went abegging.

Two minutes from the half time, Pakistan acquired an opportunity to equalise when it was awarded a penalty nook for an pointless sort out outdoors the circle by younger Vishnukant Singh, however as soon as once more, miss-stop ruined the chance as India went into into the break with a slender 1-0 lead.

Pakistan made a shiny begin after the change of ends and threatened the Indian defence early on.

Seconds into the third quarter, Pakistan secured its third penalty nook however Rizwan Ali shot his flick broad.

Minutes later, India custodian Suraj Karkera made a superb save from shut vary to disclaim Abdul Rana after which the resultant rebound was shot over by Afraz. Thereafter, India had a flurry of possibilities -- one to Rajbhar after which to Uttam Singh -- however Pakistan goalkeeper Hussain was there to save lots of his facet. The Indians stored up the strain and secured a couple of extra penalty corners within the third quarter however may convert none.

A lapse in focus value India dearly as an extended ball caught, an in any other case alert Indian defence, off guard within the remaining two minutes, leading to a penalty nook for Pakistan.

Rana pushed in from a rebound after Mubashar Ali's flick was saved on the aim line by Yashdeep Siwach.

In the meantime, within the different matches of the day, Malaysia beat Oman 7-0 and Korea defeated Bangladesh 6-1 in Pool B, whereas Japan thrashed host Indonesia 9-0 in Pool A.

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