Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan 3-1, top Pool A

Dominant India maul Bangladesh

Dominant India maul Bangladesh

The two team have last played each other in the World Hockey League semifinals where India trounced Pakistan by 6-1.

India have begun the continental tournament on a high under newly-appointed coach Sjoerd Marine by clinching a 5-1 win against Japan in the opener before crushing group minnows and hosts Bangladesh in the second Pool A encounter.

Towards the end of third quarter, the match completely turned in favour of India as Ramandeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh netted goals in 44th and 45th minute respectively.

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.

India defeated traditional rivals Pakistan 3-1 in the Asia Cup 2017 at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka. The team is now on top of the pool table with six points from two wins (against Japan 5-1 and Bangladesh 7-0) in Pool A.

Twitter came alive after the match with several celebrities, among others, congratulating the Indian team on the superb win.

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# A penalty corner for India, will they stretch the lead further, Harmanpreet to take the shot.

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

However, India's defence was up to the task at hand, and showed good cohesion to deny their opponents as they took the lead into half-time.

In the Super 4s, which get underway on October 18, India and Pakistan will be joined by the top two teams from Pool B, with Malaysia already having qualified and to be joined by the victor of Monday's clash between China and South Korea.

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. Pakistan, who looked more purposeful in the fourth and final quarter, reduced the margin in the 49th minute through Shan's field strike.

India won their 10th penalty corner of the match within seconds and this time the umpire awarded another penalty corner as Varun's effort was obstructed by Bangladeshi defenders.

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