It proved out to be a bad outing for Indian men’s hockey team as they play a draw with lower ranked Pakistan in the Commonwealth Games 2018 opener at Gold Coast, Australia.
Despite leading through the half-way stage by 2-0, India failed to carry the momentum in last two quarters and eventually conceded two goals including one in the dying seconds of the match to play a draw by 2-2.
World no. 13 Pakistan, who played a draw against much lower ranked team Wales (World no. 24) in their first group match encounter, played with much confidence in this high-voltage match and made sure India wouldn’t get away with full 3 points.
Dilpreet Singh drew the first blood for India in the first quarter to give India a crucial lead of 1-0, Dilpreet collected the pass from charging SV Sunil and smash it into the Pakistan’s net.
In the second quarter, Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner to double the Indian lead.
Pakistan stepped up the tempo in the second half as Indians lost their shape in the middle, Muhammad Irfan Jr. pulled one back for Pakistan to decrease the lead by 1-2.
Ali Mubashar later equalized the things by 2-2 in the dying minutes of the match when Pakistan were awarded a penalty corner with just seven seconds to go in the match.
India is now well placed at 4th place with England leading the group, followed by Malaysia and Pakistan.
Indian team will now be up against Wales in the second group encounter tomorrow.
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