Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, Dhaka
Published by: Swapnil Shashank
Thursday, 16 December 2021 10:04 PM Updated to IST
Judging by this record, even though Pakistan has the upper hand, looking at the current form, India will be a strong contender for victory.
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Defending champions Indian hockey team, which has made a slow start to the Asian Champions Trophy, will take on arch-rivals Pakistan on Friday. Team India continues to experiment in the third round robin match of the tournament. If India wins, they will reach the semi-finals of the five-nation tournament.
The Indian team made a comeback after the first match
Olympic bronze medalist India did not get off to a good start in the tournament. The first match gave Korea a chance to make a comeback and eventually the match ended in a 2-2 draw. However, in the next match against Bangladesh on Wednesday, Team India seemed to change completely and won the one-sided match 9-0.
Indian forward in good form
Striker Dilpreet Singh scored a hat-trick with a field goal, while German Preet Singh also scored two goals. In this match too, the Indian team coached by Graham Reed experimented with different methods instead of direct flicks from Vice Captain Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar in the penalty corner.
India did a fantastic job against Bangladesh
Against Bangladesh, the Indian team dominated from start to finish and looks to continue the same performance against Pakistan. Captain Manpreet Singh played a key role in the midfield while the Indian defenders, led by Harmanpreet, performed well.
He should also be ready against Pakistan. The Indian forward is also doing well in the tournament so far. Lalit Upadhyay scored three goals while Akashdeep Singh, who was left out of the Tokyo Olympics squad, also scored one goal on Wednesday.
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Pakistan cannot be underestimated
However, this does not mean that India can play comfortably on Friday and that too against Pakistan, which has an excellent record in hockey. Over the years, however, his game took a turn for the worse. Pakistan has won three gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the Olympics and is desperate to gain a foothold in world hockey after failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Pakistan has the upper hand in the paper
India and Pakistan have been declared the joint winners of the Asian Champions Trophy 2018 final in Muscat after being washed away due to rain. Judging by this record, even though Pakistan has the upper hand, looking at the current form, India will be a strong contender for victory.
There were nine finals between the two teams at the Asiad.
India and Pakistan have previously met in seven Asian Games hockey finals. They played a total of nine finals against each other at the Asian Games, in which Pakistan won seven and India won two gold medals. The two countries reached three consecutive Olympic finals from 1956 to 1964.
India came in first and Pakistan came in fourth
India won twice and Pakistan won once. The last time the two teams met was in the Asian Champions Trophy League stage, where India won 3-1. The Indian team has scored 11 goals so far in the two matches against Korea and Bangladesh. India topped the points table with four points. Pakistan finished fourth in a goalless draw with Japan.