Muscat, Oct 20 (UNI) India on Saturday thrashed the arch rivals Pakistan, 3-1 in the second match of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 at Muscat.
The team led by Manpreet Singh, did not have a great start to the match as Pakistan forced a goal in the opening minute of the match through a penalty corner. Pakistan looked a superior side in the first quarter of the game as India struggled to penetrate the Pakistan defence.
However, a moment of inspiration from Manpreet in the second quarter of the game saw India equalise 1-1 against Pakistan.
The match was evenly poised at the end of the first half as both the teams were looking to extend the goal.
The match saw a different face of India in the rest of the game and India easily took the lead in the 33rd minute through a field strike from Mandeep Singh. The Indians extended their lead to 3-1 when striker Dilpreet Singh scored another field goal in the 42nd minute.
Thereafter, the Indians defended in numbers as Pakistani forwards failed to breach the rival backline. It was India’s second consecutive win in the tournament after having thrashed hosts Oman 11-0 in their opener. Pakistan had defeated South Korea 3-1 in their opening match on Friday.
India will next face Japan tomorrow while Pakistan will play against Oman on Monday. UNI