Asian Games 2023: India defeats Pakistan 10-2 in men’s hockey.


Asian Games 2023: India’s stunning win over Pakistan with a score line of 10-2 in men’s hockey. Harmanpreet Singh, the captain of Team India, scored four goals to lead the Indian hockey team to the semifinals.

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India defeats Pakistan 10-2 in men’s hockey. photo: Olympics.com)

 

Asian Games 2023: The Indian hockey team earned their biggest-ever win against Pakistan on Saturday, defeating the neighbours 10-2 in a one-sided Pool-A encounter. Harmanpreet Singh, Team India’s captain, scored four goals to lead the Indian hockey team to the Asian Games 2023 semifinals.

Harmanpreet scored goals in the 11th, 17th, 33rd, and 34th minutes, while Varun Kumar scored twice in the 41st and 54th minutes. Mandeep Singh, Sumit, Samsher Singh, and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay also scored in the 8th, 30th, 46th, and 49th minutes, respectively.

Muhammad Khan (38th) and Abdul Rana (45th) were Pakistan’s only scorers, preventing the team from going scoreless against the great Indians. This is Pakistan’s heaviest defeat to India in 180 encounters between the two countries.

India launched the assault with an amazing maneuver on the left wing, entering the opposition team’s attacking circle. In the ninth minute, Mandeep Singh deflected his pass into the goal.

In the meantime, Pakistan performed some promising plays and earned their first penalty corner opportunity in the 11th minute. However, India’s custodian, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, rose to the occasion and brilliantly protected.

India quickly added a second goal after skipper Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty stroke. The Indian captain did not stop there, as the situation for Pakistan deteriorated dramatically, and India secured three straight penalty corners, culminating in Harmanpreet’s four goals in the match.

Pakistan managed to secure some success attacking mostly from the left side, but their attempts to breach the defense of the experienced Indian goalkeeper, PR Sreejesh, proved unsuccessful.

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