Indian hockey team thrashed Pakistan 3-1 to notch their third straight win at the Asia Cup in Bangladesh on Sunday. India and Pakistan will face each other again in Hero Asia Cup 2017 as they have both qualified for the Super 4s stage of the tournament which gets underway on October 18.
India started their game aggressively but failed to score a single goal in the first quarter, despite many attempts.
India continued their domination over Pakistan and now have registered six consecutive wins over their rival.
Pakistan are three-time Asia Cup champions Pakistan while India have lifted the cup twice.
# Quarter 2 ends and India is still leading the game by 1-0 courtesy a brilliant finish by Chinglensana in the first quarter and then a moment of brilliance from Suraj Karkera to deny Pakistan the equaliser in the second.
Despite the thrashings, Pakistan will take confidence from the way they have dominated India at Asia Cup meetings.
Q4 55'min: Penalty Corner - Close attack by Pak, India succumbs to their combined attack, nearly a goal.
London Olympics medallist and veteran shooter Gagan Narang too hailed Team India's victory. Ali Shan managed to find the back of the net in the 49th minute but the Indian defence held firm to keep the score to 3-1.
India continued to put up pressure on their opponents all throughout the match.
India take on Pakistan in the Pool A encounter at 5.30 pm local time, 5 pm IST.
Having already won their first two matches easily against Japan (5-1) and hosts Bangladesh (7-0), the Indians had already secured their place in the next round.
Q1 15'min: Penalty corner for Pakistan, the men in green missed the opportunity.
Q3 43'min: Third Penalty corner of the match for Pakistan!
# Another penalty corner for Pakistan.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have had a mixed outing so far. Akashdeep Singh stole a ball in the left midfield and played it to a surging Chinglensana, who raced to the top of the circle before unleashing a powerful drive to make it 1-0.
The first quarter started evenly as both sides looked threatening on the attack looking to clinch the opener.