Defending champions India conceded a late purpose to permit arch-rivals Pakistan stroll away with a 1-1 draw of their opening Pool A match of the Asia Cup males’s hockey match on Monday.
India took the lead within the ninth minute by means of Karthi Selvam earlier than Abdul Rana broke their neighbours’ hearts by equalising 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, however they 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 stress 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 purpose after his flick went contained in the Pakistan citadel after getting a deflection off the stick of defender Muhammad Abdullah.
In between, Pakistan additionally acquired one other penalty nook however the effort went large.
Quickly after the beginning of the second quarter, Pakistan goalkeeper Hussain made a high-quality reflex save to disclaim Pawan Rajbhar from point-blank vary.
The Indians dominated the ball possession and secured one other penalty nook within the twenty first minute which went begging.
Two minutes from the halftime, Pakistan acquired an opportunity to equalise after they have been awarded a penalty nook for an pointless sort out exterior the circle by younger Vishnukant Singh, however as soon as once more miss-stop ruined the chance as India went 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 their third penalty nook however Rizwan Ali shot his flick large.
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 aspect.
The Indians stored up the stress and secured just a few extra penalty corners within the third quarter however might convert none.
Credit score must also go to Pakistan keeper Hussain, who stood like a rock in entrance of the purpose.
A lapse in focus price India dearly as an extended ball caught, an in any other case alert Indian defence, off guard within the ultimate two minutes, leading to a penalty nook for Pakistan.
Rana pushed in from a rebound after Mubashar Ali’s flick was saved on the purpose 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 hosts Indonesia 9-0 in Pool A.