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India vs Pakistan hockey Asian Champions Trophy 2016 Highlights: India fight back to win 3-2

Pakistan's encounter against India is the showpiece match of the Asian Champions Trophy and will provide an exhibition of attacking sub-continental hockey.

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India vs Pakistan hockey Asian Champions Trophy 2016 Highlights: India fight back to win 3-2

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Oct 23, 2016 - 17:45 (IST)

That's all from the Kuantan Hockey Stadium in Malaysia. Thank you so much for following our live coverage. 

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:44 (IST)
And that's it. India have won a tense encounter 3-2.
 
India now have 7 points. Pakistan are on 3.

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:29 (IST)
India attacking with under 2 minutes left. Talwinder had the ball but the pass to Ramandeep finds a Pakistan defender.

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:26 (IST)
Finally India get the ball rolling. They need to hold their nerve and avoid making errors. 
 
Five minutes left in the match...India lead 3-2.

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:25 (IST)
Pakistan still pressing. India are unable to take the ball out from their own half.
 

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:23 (IST)
Seven odd minutes left in this tense clash as Pakistan are pressing on the flanks. Snap shot from Pakistan but Sreejesh is there to save it.

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:20 (IST)

Nikkin's reverse shot almost gives India another goal but Butt brilliantly blocks it.

Pakistan are not getting rattled. Still playing disciplined hockey and pushing Indians on the defensive.

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:19 (IST)

Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: The drizzle is getting heavier as the final quarter begins. Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Butt makes a good save of Chinglensana's shot.

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:18 (IST)
Seconds left for the whistle to go, India need to hold the ball and play out the quarter. The 3rd quarter is over with India leading 3-2.

Oct 23, 2016 - 17:17 (IST)

Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: Lalit pases to Talwinder whose deft pass is deflected into Pakistan's goal by Ramandeep. It's 3-2 for India.

Preview: Pakistan's encounter against India is the showpiece match of the Asian Champions Trophy and will provide an exhibition of attacking sub-continental hockey.

Pakistan were missing from the Olympic Games line-up after failing to earn qualification through the Hockey World League. A loss in the final of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon to India meant the automatic Asian qualification went to the Indians, who were the only Asian team featuring in the Olympic men's event in Rio de Janeiro.

India had won the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy in 2011 by defeating Pakistan in the final. Pakistan reversed the result in the title encounter the following year.

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File photo of Indian hockey team against Pakistan. Image courtesy: Twitter

Pakistan retained the title by defeating Japan in the final in 2013, when India sent their under-21 team and finished fifth.

Pakistan hockey team coach Khawaja Junaid his team will be pitted against a side that had gained a lot of international experience in recent years.

"After the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where India finished last in the12-team event, the Indian team has worked on a five-year play," said Junaid.

"Since then, the Indians have played more than 200 matches and their international experience is a reason for climbing up the world rankings," he said.

The Pakistan coach was pleased at the way his boys had soaked in the pressure to prevail 1-0 over South Korea after suffering a shock 2-4 loss to hosts Malaysia.

Junaid implored his players to keep their emotions in check and stick to the game-plan.

"The players need to keep their emotions in check. It was our exuberance that squandered away the lead against Malaysia. We must also maintain the structure of our game," he added.

The Indian captain, PR Sreejesh had also implored his players to play it cool when they take on Pakistan.

Seeking to cool the nerves of his players, Sreejesh said the preliminary league fixture against Pakistan was just one of the matches.

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