The Indian men's hockey team continued their good form in their Asia Cup 2017 campaign with a third successive win beating arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 in a high intensity Pool A match here at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
Ramandeep Singh (44′) and Harmanpreet Singh (45′) were on the score-sheet for India. India and Pakistan will face each other again in Hero Asia Cup 2017 as they have both qualified for the Super 4s stage of the tournament which gets underway on October 18.
India's first win, in 2003, came at Pakistan's expense in the final.
Despite the result, Pakistan are in the top four along with India from Pool A. From Pool B, South Korea and Malaysia are in the semi-finals.
Sjoerd Marijne's side dominated the first quarter and deservedly took the lead in the second minute of the second quarter, with Kangujam Chinglensana hitting the back of the board after being left unmarked on a pass from Akashdeep Singh. This was India's third consecutive win the tournament and they now progress to the next round unbeaten.
India won back-to-back penalty corners the following minute but nothing came out of it.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Irfan felt his team played better than previous matches and the fate of the match could have been different had they taken their chances.
London Olympics medallist and veteran shooter Gagan Narang too hailed Team India's victory.
The last time India played Pakistan in a hockey match was at Hockey World League in England where the Roelant Oltmans' side thrashed Pakistan by 6-1.
Leading the points table, India have defeated Japan (5-1) and Bangladesh (7-0) in past and will look to keep the winning momentum intact on Sunday.
# Another penalty corner for Pakistan.
Q1 15'min: Penalty corner for Pakistan, the men in green missed the opportunity. "We got an early break through in the first quarter but unfortunately we could not convert the goal".
Two minutes later, the Indian goalkeeper made another great save from a fierce shot from open play as he was kept busy by Pakistan's attack towards the latter stages of the second quarter.