After two consecutive wins, a confident India takes on arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2017. Pakistan, on the other hand, has won one and drawn one in the tournament and would dearly be hoping for a win against India. India is currently sitting pretty atop Pool A with six points from two wins while Pakistan are placed second with four points. That makes the match even more interesting. Recently, India has held the edge over arch-foes Pakistan in hockey, the latest being the 6-1 thrashing in a 5th-8th place classification match of the Hero Hockey World League Semi- Final in London in June. So India will walk into this match as a confident outfit.
With four world titles and three Asia Cup titles (1982, 1985, 1989), the 14th-ranked Pakistan have been ruined by poor management and security concerns. Historically, these are two hockey heavyweights who will be clashing today. India has an all-around team with a good defence and an effective front line.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match:
Date: 15th October, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm IST
Venue: Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium, Dhaka
Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, Suraj Karkera
Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Kothajit Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar
Midfielders: SK Uthappa, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh (captain), Chinglensana Kangujam, Sumit
Forwards: S.V. Sunil (vice-captain), Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar, Gurjant Singh, Satbir Singh
Mazhar Abbas, Amjad Ali, Mohammad Irfan Sr (captain), Rizwan Sr (vice-captain), Mazhar Abbas, Amjad Ali, Atif Mushtaq, Mubashir Ali, Ammad Shakil Butt, Abu Bakar, Tassawur Abbas, Rashid Mahmood, Rizwan Jr, Arsalan Qadir, Azfar Yaqoob, Umer Bhutta, Ali Shan, M. Atiq, Waqas Akbar and Aijaz Ahmed.
— PHF (@PHFOfficial) October 14, 2017
India: TV: Star Sports 2/HD
Malaysia: TV: Astro Arena/HD
Pakistan: TV: PTV
Japan: TV: TV Tokyo
Live Streaming: Hotstar
It surely promises to be a super Sunday!