India Tie 3-3 With Pakistan In Sultan Of Johor Cup Hockey

The defending champions India managed to equalize twice to secure a 3-3 tie against their arch-rivals Pakistan in an exciting opening match of the Sultan of Johor Cup junior men’s hockey tournament in Johor Bahru on Friday. Amandeep Lakra (30th minute), Aditya Arjun Lalage (56th), and Uttam Singh (59’th) contributed goals for India after Arbaz Ahmad (31st, 58th) and Abdul Shahid (49th) scored for Pakistan. Both teams lived up to the hype in the tournament’s opening match, which is considered a test for all participating teams before the upcoming men’s Junior World Cup in Malaysia this December.

In the 12th minute, India’s Angad Bir Singh had a great scoring opportunity, but his shot went across the goal with no one to tap the ball in.

Despite lacking potent attacking formations in the first quarter, both teams defended well.

Pakistan had a strong start in the second quarter with a penalty in the opening minute, but India defended solidly.

India had a few chances in the circle and also earned their first penalty corner, which they couldn’t convert.

The defending champions finally scored in the 30th minute, just before half-time, thanks to a drag flick by Amandeep.

However, a minute into the second half, Pakistan equalized through a penalty corner converted by Arbaz Ahmad.

Showing positive body language, the Indian team continued to attack without losing confidence.

Poovana Boby Chandura took a brave shot on goal in the 39th minute, but the Pakistani goalkeeper Ali Raza made a good save.

India made a few more attempts in Pakistan’s striking circle but couldn’t find a goal.

With the scores level at 1-1, both teams pushed for a winner.

In the 49th minute, Pakistan took the lead when their captain Abdul Shahid scored past Indian goalkeeper Mohit.

India pressed hard and earned a penalty corner in the 50th minute, but the Pakistani goalkeeper denied them.

With five minutes remaining, India got another opportunity from a penalty corner, and this time Aditya scored from the rebound.

Just under three minutes before the final hooter, Pakistan regained their lead with a well-converted penalty corner by Arbaz.

With only minutes left in the game, Uttam scored an excellent field goal to save India from defeat.

India will play against hosts Malaysia on Saturday.

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