Dhaka: 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 on Sunday.
Rated as favourites to win the title, the Indians have been impressive so far, beating Japan and hosts Bangladesh comprehensively in their opening two Pool A matches.
After beating Japan 5-1 in their opening match, the Manpreet Singh-led side mauled minnows Bangladesh 7-0 on Friday.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have had a mixed outing so far. While they thrashed Bangladesh 7-0 in their campaign- opener, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Japan in their next match.
India are currently sitting atop Pool A with six points from two wins while Pakistan are placed second with four points.
With two wins, India are comfortably through to the Super 4 stage of the tournament and the Sjoerd Marine-coached side would be hoping to finish the pool stages with an all-win record.
In the first two games, the Indians have showcased beautiful one-touch hockey and used both flanks to create numerous scoring chances.
What is heartening is that the Indians have scored some excellent field goals but a matter of concern for them is their penalty corner conversion rate.
Against Bangladesh India earned as many as 13 penalty corners but could make use of just two.
Less than a month into his new job replacing the legendary Roelant Oltmans, Sunday's game can be considered for coach Marijne biggest challenge of his short tenure.
Here's all you need to know about catching Sunday's action live:
When and where will the India vs Pakistan be played?
India will play Pakistan at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka.
How can I watch the the India vs Pakistan match live on TV?
The India vs Pakistan match will be broadcast live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 2.
What time does the live coverage of the match start?
The live broadcast of the India vs Pakistan match will start at 5 PM IST.
Where can you follow the match online?
The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Oct 14, 2017 11:09 pm | Updated Date: Oct 14, 2017 11:09 pm