Hockey Asia Cup 2017: India look to carry on momentum against Bangladesh

India vs Japan Asia Cup Hockey 2017 Live streaming TV listings time date venue squads

India vs Japan Asia Cup Hockey 2017 Live streaming TV listings time date venue squads

Pakistan and Japan played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in their Pool A encounter at the Asia Cup at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium, Dhaka on Friday.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) reported: Under FIH regulations, the team that wins its continental qualifier automatically qualifies for the World Cup.

The Manpreet Singh-led team hardly broke sweat in its campaign opener and apart from an initial setback, when Japan equalised in the fourth minute, India sailed through the match improvising its game hooter to hooter and rarely stumbling against the Japanese counter attack. "They are a strong team with good strategies but we want to focus on our individual skills", he added.

The tournament will also witness the return of seasoned pros like former skipper Sardar Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Satbir Singh and SV Sunil, who has been named the vice-captain.

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"I do agree that more goals would have come but Bangladesh played defensively and that caused the speed to come down but we did have chances which we couldn't convert", said Indian coach Sjoerd Marinje.

Pakistan might not be a force to reckon with on the hockey pitch anymore - especially if their records in the recent past are considered - but an India-Pakistan game brings out the best in anyone. "I am aware we lost two back-to-back matches against India but the present Pakistan team is different with a few of the senior players making a comeback", he said. He was commanding in the position, steering the game from the back, giving enough room for defender Harmanpreet Singh to make the long runs in the midfield. Just two minutes later, India scored their third goal as Lalit Upadhyay found the net in the 13th minute.

"I think Sardar is very good in that position".

The Asia Cup is India's only tournament prior to the year-ending FIH Hockey world league finals. Live streaming of India vs Pakistan can be seen from 5 PM IST. Being the highest ranked Asian team, the Men in Blue are surely one of the favourites to win.

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