The Indian hockey team displayed grit and desire as they made a remarkable comeback at the Asians Champions Trophy to defeat Pakistan by the scoreline of 3-1 in Muscat on Saturday.
The thrilling encounter also marked the 175th meeting between the arch-rivals as defending champions, India continued their impressive run in the on-going continental tournament.
The Blues’ did not have the start they were looking for, as Pakistan took an early lead in the match after Irfan Junior struck a penalty corner into the goal, there was not much the Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh could do to help that, as it was a clinical effort by Pakistan’s number seven.
India tried to fight their way back into the game throughout the first quarter with a flurry of attacks but to no avail, however, during the later stages of the second quarter, skipper Manpreet Singh engineered an equalizer that bought India back into the game after a poor start.
In the third quarter, the Blues took the lead, it was Mandeep Singh in the centre of events, he weaved his way past two Pakistani players to enter the final third of the pitch and struck a beautiful shot, the goal was implemented with skill and technique – he struct the shot through his legs with his back facing towards the goal – a ‘no-look shot’, which was very captivating to the eyes.
At the 42nd minute of the game, Dilpreet Singh extended India’s lead by two-goals lead and that sealed it for the defending champions and shattered the confidence of their Pakistani counterparts.
The victory marked India’s second win of the tournament, where they previously hammered hosts Oman 11-0 in the opening match.