India has kick-started Commonwealth Games 2018 with a bang and the men’s hockey team will be looking to continue the good start when they face Pakistan on Saturday in Gold Coast, Australia. Indian team has dominated the hockey fixtures between the two nations lately and Pakistan will certainly step on the field looking to change that trend. Indian women hockey team on Friday registered a resounding 4-1 victory over Malaysia and Indian men will want to repeat that feat today.
The highlights of India vs Pakistan hockey match:
11:35 AM IST | The game ends with India 2-2 Pakistan.
11:30 AM IST| Pakistan gets an equaliser! Sreejesh finally fails to keep Pakistan at bay as Ali Mubashar steps up and scores a crucial goal to earn his side a late draw.
11:23 AM IST | Sreejesh makes a string of saves as Pakistan takes penalty corners one after another. India trying too hard to keep their 2-1 lead in the match as Pakistan has launched a barrage of attacks.
11:22 AM IST | PR Sreejesh comes to the rescue of India as he makes a tremendous effort to deny Pakistan the equaliser. Pakistan will take up the penalty corner now.
11:20 AM IST | And the match enters the fourth quarter and the final opportunity for Pakistan to share the spoils with India.
11:18 AM IST | It has been a quiet third quarter from both the sides as they are defending resolutely. India needs to increase their lead in order to keep Pakistan at bay.
11:15 AM IST | YELLOW CARD! India reduced to ten men once again for a short period of time after Chinglensana receives yellow card.
11:10 AM IST | India has lost their referral after appealing against the dangerous play by Pakistan. The decision is reversed.
11:05 AM IST | GOAL! And Pakistan is finally back in the game. Muhammad Irfan Jr slide in a fine goal into the net. Shambolic defending from PR Sreejesh and he lokks unhappy with that goal.
10:45 AM IST | The referee blows the whistle for the halftime. India leads the match 2-0 as Pakistan is trying everything to get back in the game. After a miserable first quarter, Pakistani players improved in the second quarter and the third quarter is bound to be interesting.
10:40 AM IST | Pakistan gets their third penalty corner in a span of a minute but remarkably fails to make anything out of them. Indian defence is on the top of the game as they are snuffing out the Pakistani danger with ease.
10:35 AM IST | Rupinder Pal Singh threatens Pakistan with a mazy dribble. India is completely dominating the match and looks threatening with every attack. Pakistan will have to try harder in order to get something out of the game.
10:32 AM IST | Altercation seen on the pitch between Akashdeep Singh and Muhammad Faisal Qadir. The two players get into a heated exchange of words as their respective teammates try to separate them. Yellow cards are shown to both the players.
10:30 AM IST | GOAL! Harmanpreet Singh makes no mistake this time and scores a superb goal from a penalty corner. Pakistan goes for the review but the ball had left the circle after the grab. The goal stands. India 2-0 Pakistan
10:25 AM IST | Another penalty corner and another miss from India. This time it’s Harmanpreet Singh who misses the shot by a mile. India has to score another goal to put threatening Pakistan on the backfoot.
10:21 AM IST | Penalty Corner to India! Rupinder Pal Singh steps up to take the penalty corner but smashes the ball wide over the goal post. There goes the chance for India to double their lead.
10:20 AM IST | Pakistan retaliates with full force and the crossbar denies them an equaliser. The Pakistani attackers are keeping the Indians on toes as they are executing some beautiful play on the pitch.
10:18 AM IST | It’s 1-0 to India! Fantastic counter attack from India as Dilpreet Singh scores a sublime goal on a beautiful pass given by SV Sunil. Pakistan looks shaky in defence and Indian attackers are exploiting it to their advantage.
10:15 AM IST | GREEN CARD TO INDIA! Indian men will have to contest the match with ten men after Sumit has been shown the green card by the referee.
10:10 AM IST | India gets off to a flying start and is completely dominating the middle of the pitch. Mandeep Singh makes a marauding run into the final third but fails to capitalise on it.