The defending Asian Cup champions, Team India, have opened their campaign with a tie. Pakistan held India to a 1-1 tie in the first encounter. Until the third quarter, Team India was leading 1-0. The score was 1-0 in India’s advantage even for 58 minutes into the fourth quarter. Pakistan then tied the game at 1-1 on a penalty corner in the final minute (59th).
The Nail Biting game of Hockey ; Last minute heartbreak for Indians
The Indian team had a 1-0 advantage over Pakistan at halftime. Both teams were extremely competitive in the second quarter. Neither team, however, was able to score. Pakistan squandered a chance to score in the 16th minute. Suraj Karkera, the Indian goalkeeper, produced a fantastic save. The Indian side was awarded a penalty corner in the 21st minute, but they were unable to capitalise. In the 28th minute, Pakistan was awarded a penalty corner, but Indian goalie Sooraj made a save.
Ultimately in the 59th minute, Pakistan was awarded a penalty corner. On Pakistan’s drag-flick, Abdul Rana standing near the goalpost levelled the game at 1-1. Team India thus missed out on the great triumph.
Asia Cup Hockey 2022 – Test for Team India’s strength ; Fight for World cup qualifications for Pakistan
Team India will have the opportunity to put their bench strength to the test in this tournament before competing in the Commonwealth Games and the FIH World Cup. Indian players have already qualified for the World Cup. Pakistan, on the other hand, is attempting to qualify for the 2023 World Cup, which will be held in Bhubaneswar. The top three teams at the Asia Cup will automatically qualify for the World Cup.
India’s upcoming Matches in Asia Cup 2022
Following Pakistan, India will play against Japan in the second Pool A encounter today, followed by match against host Indonesia on May 26.
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