Pakistan, India settle for a draw in Asia Cup 2022

Match was played in Jakarta
<p>Photo: FIH</p>

Photo: FIH

Selvam Karthi and Abdul Rana scored a goal each as arch-rivals Pakistan and India settled for a draw in the Asia cup game at Jakarta.

Debutant Karthi scored a goal for India in the first quarter, while the equaliser from Pakistan came in the dying minutes of the game.

India started off with the proceedings with a first quarter goal from a penalty corner, which proved to be the game decider. They managed to hold on the 1-0 in the first quarter.

Though, Pakistan had some changes, but they failed to convert any of them.

Pakistan started off the second quarter with a positive intent. Arfaz had two opportunities in the opening five minutes, which he failed to convert.

The Green Shirts made some good attacking moves, but they were lacking the final touch in India’s half. The score remained the same till half-time.

Pakistan started the second half in the similar fashion, playing aggressive hockey. They created three to four chances in the third quarter, but none of them were converted by the forward.

Meanwhile, India, who managed to win eight penalty corners in the game, showed their inexperience as they failed to convert on seven occasions.

Fourth quarter was pure entertainment from both sides thanks to series of attacks.

However, Pakistan had the last laugh after scoring a last minute equaliser to keep their hopes alive for World Cup birth.

The top three teams at the end of the Asia Cup will qualify for next year’s FIH Hockey World Cup, to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. India have already qualified for the World Cup as the hosts.

Both India and Pakistan have won the tournament three times each, while South Korea is the most successful team having clinched the title four times out of 10 previous editions.

They are placed in pool A with Japan and hosts Indonesia, while, Malaysia, Korea, Oman, and Bangladesh are grouped in pool B.

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