India are all set to take on Pakistan in the Hockey Asia Cup on Sunday.
After the termination of Roelant Oltmans' contract, many thought that new coach Sjoerd Marijne would find it a bit hard initially to find the right chemistry from the team.
In the opening match, India outplayed Japan 5-1.
However, the toughest team of the pool awaits India in what seems to be an electrifying battle on Sunday.
"I do agree that more goals would have come but Bangladesh played defensively and that caused the speed to come down but we did have chances which we couldn't convert", said Indian coach Sjoerd Marinje.
On October 15, India will take on Pakistan in their third Pool A match at 17.00 hours IST.
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Goalkeepers Akash Chikte and Suraj Karkera retained their spots whereas defenders Harmanpreet Singh and Surender Kumar make a return after being rested for the Europe Tour.
Pakistan finally leveled the margin in the 50th minute with a nice build-up when Qadir Muhammad Arslan dribbled down the goal line and his cutback found Umar Bhutta, who scored from a tap in to level the score.
"I think Sardar is very good in that position". He is accurate with his long passes and he can guide the team in the front.
Apart from Pakistan and Bangladesh, six other teams from Asia are participating in the Cup.
India has qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after they pumped in four goals for a convincing 4-1 win over Macau in a qualifying round at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru yesterday.
"We did not play a good match against Pakistan and made a lot of mistakes that led them to score so many goals".
"If we are able to do that (stick to our plans), then I don't see why we should not win the match", added a confident Marijne who is on his first major tournament with the Indian men's team. It was a bad start but we don't want to let this loss affect our confidence. Pakistan have won the Asia Cup thrice, so they are also considered one of the favourites.