India reach final beating Pakistan

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Dhaka: In the second round of the Men's Asia Cup hockey tournament, here on Thursday, India defeated Malaysia by a big margin of 6-2.

Pakistan, who had lost 1-3 to India during the pool phase, were expected to put up a stiff fight.

The win in Dhaka is India's 7th straight win against Pakistan.

India is now on the top of the table with four points from one win and a draw, followed by Malaysia which secured three points after their win against Pakistan.

India have scored some handsome field goals in the tournament, displaying what they are best known for, one-touch attacking hockey.

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"In the interest of competition fairness, it has been decided that both matches between the two countries will be played at the same neutral venue, with North Korea's "home" match taking place on November 10 and the return fixture, Malaysia's "home" game, on November 13".

India will now face either Malaysia or Korea in the Final of the Hero Asia Cup 2017 on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 17.00hrs IST.

The green shirts had reached super four round along with India. But yesterday, they played an attacking and more jovial brand of hockey and literally, pummelled the Malaysian team in the first three quarters, leading 5-0 with 15 minutes to go in the match. Forward Satbir made a darting run on the right flank and passed the ball towards the Pakistan goal but the defenders failed to intercept it, conceding the goal. India had a glorious chance to extend their lead in the 45th minute when Captain Manpreet Singh found Lalit Upadhyay free inside the circle but the latter could only hit a shot which was saved by goalkeeper Amjad Ali as India kept their 1-0 lead after the third quarter.

It was goals by Akashdeep Singh (14'), Harmanpreet Singh (19') and SK Uthappa (24') that gave India a 3-0 head start followed by Gurjant Singh (33'), SV Sunil (40') and Sardar Singh (60') which ensured fireworks in favour of India.

Two minutes later, Harmanpreet converted a well-taken penalty corner to mark his seventh goal of the tournament.