India beat Pakistan to top Pool A

India beat Pakistan to top Pool A

India beat Pakistan to top Pool A

India, Pakistan qualifed from Group A while Malaysia qualifies from Group B.

Contrary to the win, Pakistan had the first real scoring chance when they earned their first penalty corner but they wasted it.

Three minutes later, Lalit Upadhyay struck his second goal of the tournament when he put one past Abu Nippon as India went into the first break with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

At half-time, India were leading 1-0.

Japan play Bangladesh in their last match.

Pakistan made a ferocious run into India's box after being down to nine-men in the third quarter but new goalkeeper Akash Chikte pulled off a brilliant save to ensure India did not give away their lead.

A breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Gurjant Singh swiftly dribbled into the left flank to find Amit Rohidas perfectly poised in front of the post. But the midfielder said his team's focus will be to top the pool table and to do that they want to make sure they come up with an overall performance against Pakistan.

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India were on a goal-fest right from the start.

Q2 22'min: Another Penalty Corner for Pakistan!

In the first two games, the Indians have showcased attractive one-touch hockey and used both flanks to create numerous scoring chances.What is heartening is that the Indians have scored some excellent field goals but a matter of concern for them is their penalty corner conversion rate.

India are on top of Pool A and have already booked a place in the Super-4 stage.

While Indian forward-line has showcased incredible form, the team continues to struggle with penalty corner conversion - a concern that might cost them dearly against Pakistan who will look to use this to their advantage.

The second quarter started well for the Indians as they produced some slick passing to take the lead in the 17th minute.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have had a mixed outing so far. While they thrashed Bangladesh 7-0 in their campaign- opener, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Japan in their next match.

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