India beat Pak to win junior Asian hockey

Wednesday 07th June 2023 06:36 EDT

India, the defending champions, defeated Pakistan to win the Junior Asia Cup hockey championship in Salalah, Oman, in a hotly contested championship match. Playing in front of a packed house, India claimed their fourth continental crown with a fighting 2-1 verdict.
For the majority of the first quarter, Pakistan was able to contain India and fought off a few penalty corners. The first goal was scored in the 13th minute by the in-form Angad Bir Singh, who received assistance from Araijeet Singh Hundal.
Pakistan managed to earn penalty corners in the first period, however they were unsuccessful in converting them. To his credit, quick-thinking Indian custodian Mohith HS stopped their assault.
In the second quarter, Pakistan came out of their shell and attacked with more intent and purpose with Rehman Abdul and Ali Murtaza trying to get past the Indian defence but failed. The Uttam Singh-led India doubled the lead in the 20th minute through Hundal, who found the roof of the goal. Pakistan, coached by the seasoned Roelant Oltmans, pulled one back when an unmarked Basharat Ali tapped in a cross from Abdul Shahid in the 38th minute. The goal added impetus to Pakistan’s charge as they attacked with renewed vigour.

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