Asian Champions Trophy hockey final, India vs Pakistan, Match Highlights: Both countries declared joint winners

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Asian Champions Trophy hockey final, India vs Pakistan, Match Highlights: Both countries declared joint winners
  • 00:10 (IST)

    It's official! India and Pakistan declared joint winners of the tournament.

  • 00:05 (IST)

    Official: The match has been forfeited.  

  • 23:59 (IST)


    News coming in from Muscat that the final between India and Pakistan is unlikely to be played today because the pitch has been rendered unplayable due to rain.

  • 23:15 (IST)

    We are waiting for official news but looks like it's still raining in Muscat. The much-anticipated India vs Pakistan final has been delayed. 

  • 22:58 (IST)

    No news yet about the start of the match. 

  • 22:37 (IST)

    Looks like there will be a delay in the start of the final between India and Pakistan due to heavy rain in Muscat.  

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Just 10 minutes for the match to start. India will look to start off with a bang to put early pressure on their arch-rivals. 

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Last time in the final of the same tournament

  • 22:14 (IST)

    India 22-18 Pakistan

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Here's the starting XI of the Indian team.

  • 21:56 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the Asian Champions Trophy final between India and arch-rivals Pakistan. 

    It's a repeat last edition's final where India emerged winners after beating Pakistan 3-2. Manpreet Singh and Co haven't yet tasted defeat in the tournament, with five wins and a draw. They had earlier beaten Pakistan 3-1 round-robin stage. So India start as favourites, but Pakistan have it in them to cause an upset. 

    Stay tuned for all the updates from the match.

Preview: Defending champions India will look to maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament and clinch the title when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the of the Asian Champions Trophy on Sunday at the at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat.

On Saturday, India had to work hard for a 3-2 victory over Asian Games gold medallist Japan in the semi-finals.

Field goals from Gurjant Singh and Dilpreet Singh and a set-piece penalty corner strike by Chinglensana helped India overcome the hard-working 2018 Asian Games champions, Japan.

After losing their preliminary league encounter to India 0-9, Japan had promised to give India a tough game if the teams met again in the tournament.

The Asiad gold medallists, who have inducted several young players for this tournament, lived up to their promise.After a goalless first quarter, Gurjant gave India the initial lead in the 19th minute by sending a fine reverse flick on target.

Japan equalised with a set-piece penalty corner attempt that saw Hirotaka Wakuri deflecting the penalty corner drive into the boards in the 22nd minute.

Finding Japan crowding their territory, India were not able to find solutions to breach the defence again until the 44th minute when Varun Kumar's penalty corner shot was deflected into the net by Chinglensana Singh.

Dilpreet increased the lead in the 55th minute by shooting on target in a crowded circle, but only to see Japan bounce back with another penalty corner conversion from Hirotaka Zendana in the next minute.

The Indian defence then held its ground for the last four minutes to secure entry into the final.Indian captain Manpreet Singh said he was pleased to be in the final.

"Japan are tough opponents and we knew we could not take them lightly," said Manpreet.

"We created many chances, but there was some missing and it put us under pressure."

"Our opponents in the final, Pakistan are a tough side. We have to produce our best game. We must take care of Pakistan's counter-attacks." Manpreet added.

Updated Date: Oct 29, 2018 00:26:23 IST