Defending champions India conceded a late goal to permit arch-rivals Pakistan stroll away with a 1-1 draw of their opening Pool A match of the Asia Cup males’s hockey match, right here on Monday. India took the lead within the ninth minute via Karthi Selvam earlier than Abdul Rana broke their neighbours’ coronary heart by equalising within the 59th from a penalty nook.
India will subsequent play Japan on Tuesday.
Pakistan had the primary scoring probability within the third minute within the type of a penalty nook, however they did not cease the ball correctly as India survived.
Seconds later, it was India’s flip to safe a penalty nook however Neelam Sanjip Xess’ effort was saved by the Pakistan goalie Akmal Hussain.
The Indians continued to place strain on the Pakistan defence and secured two extra penalty corners within the first quarter, the second of which was transformed by Karthi, who scored his first worldwide goal after his flick went contained in the Pakistan citadel after getting a deflection off the stick of defender Muhammad Abdullah.
In between Pakistan additionally received one other penalty nook however the effort went large.
Soon after the beginning of the second quarter, Pakistan goalkeeper Hussain made a high quality reflex save to disclaim Pawan Rajbhar from level clean vary.
The Indians dominated the ball possession and secured one other penalty nook within the twenty first minute which went abegging.
Two minutes from the half time, Pakistan received an opportunity to equalise after they have been awarded a penalty nook for an pointless deal with exterior circle by younger Vishnukant Singh, however as soon as once more miss-stop ruined the chance as India went into into the break with a slender 1-0 lead.
Pakistan made a vibrant begin after the change of ends and threatened the Indian defence early on.
Second into their third quarter, Pakistan secured their third penalty nook however Rizwan Ali shot his flick large.
Minutes later India custodian Suraj Karkera made an excellent save from shut vary to disclaim Abdul Rana after which the resultant rebound was shot over by Afraz.
Thereafter India had a flurry of possibilities — one to Rajbhar after which to Uttam Singh — however Pakistan goalkeeper Hussain was there to avoid wasting his facet.
The Indians stored up the strain and secured just a few extra penalty corners within the third quarter however may convert none.
Credit must also go to Pakistan keeper Hussain, who stood like a rock in entrance of the goal.
A lapse in focus value India dearly as a protracted ball caught, an in any other case alert Indian defence, off guard within the ultimate two minutes, leading to a penalty nook for Pakistan.
Rana pushed in from a rebound after Mubashar Ali’s flick was saved on the goal line by Yashdeep Siwach.
Meanwhile within the different matches of the day, Malaysia beat Oman 7-0 and Korea defeated Bangladesh 6-1 in Pool B, whereas Japan thrashed hosts Indonesia 9-0 in Pool A.