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India prevail to beat arch rivals Pak in ACT

India on Monday entered the final of the Asian Champions Trophy after registering an emphatic win over arch-rival Pakistan.

A confident India overcame the first half blues before defeating Pakistan 2-1 in the penultimate match of the Asian Champions Trophy. While Rupinder Pal Singh and Chenglansena scored goals for India, Pakistan’s lone goal came from the stick of Waqas Md. It was India’s fourth straight win.

Earlier, it had beaten China (4-0), Japan (3-1) and Oman (11-0) in the league.

After a barren first half, the game came alive soon after the lemon time. Youngster Danish Mujtafa sprinted past a host of rival defenders and entered the circle but was stick-checked by a Pakistani defender in front of the goal mouth, leading to Malaysian umpire Lingam Karuppusaky signal the only stroke of the match.Rupinder Pal Singh converted it for the first goal of the intensely fought match (1-0). Chenglensana then made use of a gem pass from Gurwinder Chandi to enhance the lead through field effort in the 51st minute (2-0).

Pakistan replied through their third penalty corner. The Indian goalie stopped the shot, but Md Waqas collected the rebound which was shoulder high and tapped in (1-2). The Indians protested for high ball, but the umpires stood their ground.

Shortly after Pakistan reduced the margin, India suffered on account of yellow card to vice-captain Raghunath but managed to hold on to the lead till the end.


PAK-INDIA HOCKEY TIES TO RESUME SOON

After cricket, ndia and Pakistan are now all set to resume bilateral hockey ties as well. A Hockey India (HI) delegation will visit Pakistan next month to start negotiations for resuming the hockey ties that were snapped following the 2008 Mumbai attack by Pakistani terrorists. But things have started to improve with the Hockey India League (HIL), where nine Pakistani players were bought by the five franchises in the players’ auction. A top source in Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) said that negotiations are on for a series on home and away basis every year. “Both sides (Pakistan and India) are on board and having negotiations to restart bilateral hockey series on home and away basis once a year. Now, we have reached a point where everything is looking positive,” a PHF official was quoted saying.


INDIA TO TEST JUNIORS AGAINST MALAYSIA

Already assured of a place in the summit clash, India would look to test their reserves when they take on Malaysia in their final round robin match of the second Asian Champions Trophy on Tuesday.

India have already booked final berth. India’s chief coach Michael Nobbs plans to rest Sardar Singh and provide exposure to all junior players. ‘Sardar is already over-worked, he needs some rest, and tomorrow is the right time for this,’ Nobbs said. ‘From the final’s point of view, tomorrow’s game is irrelevant and that gives an opportunity for us to rest our senior players.’
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