Full-time: India 3-1 Pakistan
India showed spirit and verve to make a comeback from 0-1 down to win 3-1. Pakistan simply lost their resolve once India got their eye in. Dilpreet and Hardik showed that they are young guns who are in for the long haul. However, it was individual brilliance that was on display – from skipper Manpreet and Mandeep – which was the biggest talking point of the game.
2 minutes left in Q4
Ohhh! Jarmanpreet on the right plays a delicious cut-back that was begging to be put away. Manpreet, unmarked, surprisingly misses his shot.
4 minutes left in Q4
The image below shows Gurjant getting a one-on-one chance but Imran Butt showed good reflexes to keep the scoreline intact. India continue to see a lot of the ball.
6 minutes left in Q4
Space opens up for Lalit as the blue shirts continue to swarm forward in numbers. We are not sure if Pakistan have much left in the tank now.
9 minutes left in Q4
Pakistan have not had a sniff so far. India’s pressing has not allowed Pakistan’s midfield any time and space on the ball.
12 minutes left in Q4
Nilkanta has been a livewire in the quarter so far. He links up well with Akashdeep on the left but could not get the shot in. Akashdeep’s work-rate has been top-notch.
13 minutes left in Q4
Sreejesh is replaced by Krishan Pathak. Remember, the former India captain was making his 200th appearance
14 minutes left in Q4
India start well with Nilakanta Sharma making a powerful run through the centre but is halted in his tracks.
End of Q3
PAK 1-3 IND
India are in cruise control. Pakistan have their work cut out in the final quarter.
Akashdeep’s pass to find Lalit on the right was the key. The latter’s ball across the face of goal sees Imran Butt push the ball away. It didn’t go far and Dilpreet deflected the ball into the net. India are in cruise control
3 minutes left in Q3
PAK 1-3 IND
GOAL! Dilpreet scores India’s third.
4 minutes left in Q3
PC for Pakistan but Indians see out the danger. India launch a quick counter through a brilliant sweeping ball from Manpreet. Mandeep receives it but can’t apply the finishing touch.
6 minutes left in Q3
More attacks from India and Pakistan survive. Chinglensana sets it up with a powerful run and cross from the right. Inside the circle, Mandeep tries wade past the Pakistan defence after goalkeeper Butt pushes it away meekly. This time, the ball only hits the side netting.
10 minutes left in Q3
The pressure is getting to Pakistan. India are looking dangerous on the counter and are having plenty of time and space in the Pakistan circle. Stats show that the Men in Blue have had 71 percent possession there.
13 minutes left in Q3
GOAL! PAK 1-2 IND (Mandeep Singh)
Another class goal from the Indians. Akashdeep and Mandeep’s interplay in a crowded area was a delight to watch. The latter’s brilliant bit of improvisation, sees the ball in the back of the net. India are in the lead. Mandeep, with his back facing goal, slots the ball between his legs. Pakistan were taken by surprise.
The players are back for the second half.
Half-time: PAK 1-1 IND
Cometh the hour, cometh the captain. What a stunning effort from Manpreet to put his side back on level terms. Pakistan, though, have had more cutting edge in the opposition box. That, however, could change. India will be the happier team heading into the tunnel.
30 seconds left in Q2
That was close but Rizwan’s PC went narrowly wide of goal. Sreejesh had watched it all the way.
1 minute left in Q2
Pakistan have a PC. Varun Kumar concedes it.
2 minutes left in Q2
India have well and truly found their mojo. Nilkanta Sharma’s flick went just wide of the post after being set up beautifully by Mandeep’s cut-back. Close. India have a man’s advantage here.
5 minutes left in Q2
GOAL! PAK 1-1 IND
What a goal. Manpreet’s adventurous run kept on going, powering past three Pakistan defenders like they were invisible and rifles the ball to the bottom corner. There was a touch from a Pakistani player that carried the ball, but Manpreet deserved it. Stunning effort and India are back in this contest.
6 minutes left in Q2
Ahh! Just over. India start a quick counter inside the Pakistan half and Akashdeep’s reverse hit was over the bar.
8 minutes left in Q2
India patiently build from the back. Chinglensana has had a couple of moments in the half so far, producing some excellent bit of skills. The final pass to his forwards, though, has been missing so far.
11 mins left in Q2
Another chance for Pakistan. This time, Hardik’s important intervention sees the ball go out for a long corner. Zubair was lining up for a reverse hit after space opened up for him inside the circle.
13 mins left in Q2
Another great chance for Pakistan. Mohammad Zubair cuts in and unleashes a ferocious shot aimed at the far corner. Sreejesh and India breathe a sigh of relief as the ball fizzes just wide of the post.
End of Q2: Pakistan have a 1-0 lead. A stunned India came back in the game guns blazing but have not created any attacks of note. The Indians do have goals in them, as they showed in the last game.
3 minutes left Magnificent skill from Hardik to enter the Pakistan circle. The youngster, playing only his second game, has easily been one of India’s standout players so far. Alas, he lost control of the ball just when you thought a shot was coming.
5 minutes left Pakistan look dangerous on the counter. So far, the young Indian defence have not been troubled. Harendra Singh’s side, though, have a lion’s share of the ball.
7 minutes left Pakistan see out the danger. The Indian attacks have lacked coherence. They are trying to get the ball out from the back quickly. So far, Pakistan have thwarted the attacks.
11 minutes left INDIA HAVE A PENALTY CORNER. India come out guns blazing after conceding and young Hardik wins a penalty corner for his side. What a start we have to the game.
Q1 14 minutes left’ PAK 1-0 IND
GOAL! Pakistan are up and away and once again, that was lax defensive work from the Indians from the goalmouth. Sreejesh makes the initial save with his feet from the PC. He is helpless with the deflection, which is expertly done by Irfan.
Pakistan have a Penalty Corner. India lose their referral as Surender Kumar gets into a bit of tangle.
10:39 pm: The national anthems are up. There was little coordination there. Let’s hope the players put out a better show on the field.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the Asian Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Muscat. The two teams will renew hostilities but Harendra Singh’s side have had lopsided winning record against their rivals in recent meetings.
The India opened their campaign in the with a stellar 11-0 win over hosts Oman on Thursday. The win was set up by a remarkable hat-trick by young Dilpreet Singh. Barring the first quarter in which no goal was scored, there was no stopping India and Dilpreet. India were expected to dominate Oman but were held to a goalless first quarter.
Pakistan also impressed in their tournament opener, registering a convincing 3-1 win over South Korea. Pakistan, though, have their task cut out stopping the rampant Indian forwards in their tracks.