Muscat (October 21, 2018): India defeated two-time champions Pakistan 3-1 in their second match of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on Saturday.
Manpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh scored one goal each for their side. Irfan Jr. scored the only goal for Pakistan.Pakistan had defeated South Korea 3-1 in their opening match of the tournament with goals from Ajaz Ahmed, Umar Bhutta and captain Muhammad Rizwan Senior while India thrashed hosts Oman 11-0.
The last time the sub-continent rivals met in the tournament was in 2016 when India defeated Pakistan 3-2 to lift the title for the second time. Both India and Pakistan have won the trophy twice with Pakistan winning the title in 2012 and 2013 while India was named champions in 2011 and 2016.
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Today’s match will be the first encounter between the two teams since the bronze medal contest in the Asian Games in Jakarta.
The biennial event is being held in Muscat from October 18 to 28 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.The six-nation tournament which kicked off on Thursday features Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and hosts Oman.
The match between Pakistan and India will start at 10:10pm Pakistan Standard Time
Pakistan schedule for Asian Champions Trophy 2018
Pakistan vs India — October 20
Pakistan vs Oman — October 22
Pakistan vs Japan — October 24
Pakistan vs Malaysia — October 25