Hockey Asia Cup 2017: Pakistan vs India match today

Confident India face stern Pakistan test tomorrow

Pakistan take on India today

"I am aware we lost two back-to-back matches against India but the present Pakistan team is different with a few of the senior players making a comeback", he said.

India face arch-rivals Pakistan in a Pool A match of the Asia Cup at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Irfan felt his team played better than previous matches and the fate of the match could have been different had they taken their chances.

India extended their lead in the very next minute from their second penalty corner through Harmanpreet. In fact, the Men in Blue managed to control the proceedings for most of the match. Chinglensana opened the score for India in the 17th minute with a beautifully taken shot.

It was goals by Gurjant Singh (seventh minute), Akashdeep Singh (10th), Lalit Upadhyay (13th), Amit Rohidas (20th), Harmanpreet Singh (28th and 47th), Ramandeep Singh (46th) that ensured India were on top of the pool table.

GOAL! Ali Shan strikes in the 48th minute as Pakistan reduce the deficit.

Thus, India continued their recent domination over the neighbouring rivals, which includes consecutive wins in the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London earlier this year.

India will now move into the second round of Super 4s where the top teams from both the pool will play in round-robin format before the knockouts.

Twitter came alive after the match with several celebrities, among others, congratulating the Indian team on the superb win. 13 goals over two games would have made coach Marine happy, but India's poor conversation rate of penalty corners is a cause of concern. After beating Japan 5-1 in their opening match, the Manpreet Singh-led side mauled minnows Bangladesh 7-0 on Friday. Chikte once again came to India's rescue soon, when he denied Pakistan with a fine save from their fourth penalty corner. Thereafter, India pressed hard and earned as many as three penalty corners in succession but wasted all.

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