Asia Cup Hockey: India beat Pakistan 3-1 to top Pool A

Confident India face stern Pakistan test tomorrow

# Pakistan will now need to speed up their attack if they want to fight back.

The fourth slot will be decided Monday when South Korea and China square off in Group B. South Korea only needs a draw while China must win to play in the medal round.

India have dominated in their first two games at the Asia Cup 2017 taking place in Bangladesh, thrashing the hosts and Japan 7-0 and 5-1 respectively.

However, India's defence was up to the task at hand, and showed good cohesion to deny their opponents as they took the lead into half-time.

# Another penalty corner for Pakistan. In the next minute, Harmanpreet sealed the fate of Pakistan hockey team making it 3-0 for Indians with a swinging flick.

A breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Gurjant Singh swiftly dribbled into the left flank to find Amit Rohidas perfectly poised in front of the post.

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Q4 56'min: STAT ALERT - Pakistan have lost their last four matches against India.

Q2 16'min: GOAL! Chinglensana gets the ball off Akashdeep, taking the shot from top of D, Pakistan goalkeeper spots but the ball goes above his fallen frame.

# But they missed the opportunity again.

Q1 10'min: 10 minutes into the game and it's even stevens so far. At the end of first quarter, both the teams were goalless.

Dhaka, Oct. 14 (PTI): Two easy wins garnered, a confident India would face its toughest test in the event when it takes on arch-rivals Pakistan in the much-anticipated clash of the Asia Cup hockey tournament, here tomorrow.

While Indian forward-line has showcased incredible form, the team continues to struggle with penalty corner conversion - a concern that might cost them dearly against Pakistan who will look to use this to their advantage. The Manpreet Singh-led side dished out a 7-1 and 6-1 hammering to the arch-rivals - the first of which was India's best ever against Pakistan. Earlier in the tournament, the Men in Green started with a 7-0 win over Bangladesh, but they were held by Japan 2-2 on Friday.

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