Junior Asia Cup Hockey: India beat arch-rival Pakistan 2-1 to defend their title
Junior Asia Cup Hockey: India’s junior men’s hockey team has maintained its supremacy after beating arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1 in the final to emerge as the Asia Cup champions. Angad Bir Singh (13th minute) and Araijeet Singh Hundal (20th) were the two scorers for India, while Pakistan managed to score only once through Abdul Basharat (37th).
Junior Asia Cup Hockey: India’s junior men’s hockey team has maintained its supremacy after beating arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1 in the final to emerge as the Asia Cup champions. Angad Bir Singh (13th minute) and Araijeet Singh Hundal (20th) were the two scorers for India, while Pakistan managed to score only once through Abdul Basharat (37th). After this final victory, India now has four titles, having won the tournament in 2004, 2008, and 2015 as well. Pakistan, on the other hand, has won the tournament three times: in 1987, 1992, and 1996. Follow Hockey LIVE Updates on Insidesport.IN
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India went on the offensive from the first minute as they quickly earned a penalty corner through their first move. It was Sudeep Chirmako, who entered from the left wing and found the feet of a Pakistani defender but the subsequent chance went abegging.
India’s failure to convert penalty corner again came to light in the sixth minute when Sunit Lakra’s drag-flick was saved by the Pakistani goalkeeper.
However in the 12th minute of the opening quarter, India drew first blood when Angad Bir Singh tapped one home from close range after Araijeet Singh Hundal’s shot was deflected off the goalmouth melee.
Hundal, one of the brightest talents among Indian hockey’s Gen-Next, increased the lead to 2-0 as he received a delivery at the centre of the striking circle. He controlled and took a turn and smashed the ball home.
India made repeated raids into the Pakistan defensive third but the finish was lacking on most occasions even as they took a healthy 2-0 lead at half-time.
However, Pakistan pressed hard after the breather and it was Abdul Basharat, who pulled one back in the 37th minute when Abdul Shahid set the former up with a perfect assist.
The final quarter saw Pakistan make a flurry of attacks with as they got at least three penalty corners in quick succession.
In the 50th minute, Indian custodian Mohith Shashikumar made a diving save when Arbaz Ayaz tried to deflect a penalty corner from the left side of the Indian goal.
They got another penalty corner but Nadeem Khan’s attempt was off-target. The Indians managed to stave off the waves of attack and then did well enough in the final moments to keep their slender one-goal lead intact.
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