20-year-old Karti Selvam put India into a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Men in Blue failed to hold their nerves in the dying stages of the match.

India hockey team. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Karti Selvam put India into the lead in the first quarter
  • Abdul Rana scored for Pakistan in the last quarter
  • India and Pakistan ended with a 1-1 draw

Pakistan, on Monday, May 23, held India to 1-1 in their Pool A match of the Asia Cup 2022 in Jakarta. Karti Selvam, who made his debut, put India on the front-foot in the first quarter of the encounter. The 20-year-old converted a penalty corner to give the Men in Blue a much-needed lead.

Selvam didn’t nail his drag flick, but the Pakistan goalkeeper found himself in a bit of a tangle after the ball deflected off the stick of defender Muhammad Abdullah. With only six minutes left in the first quarter, India went into a lead.

Pakistan skipper Umar Bhatti tried to draw an equaliser, but couldn’t quite challenge the Indian defence. The Men in Green made good progress in the Indian half, but with no goals to show for their efforts.

In the second and third quarters, both India and Pakistan kept each other in check as both failed to score a goal. In the fourth and final quarter, India did well to keep Pakistan on the backfoot, but Bhatti’s men didn’t give up the ghost and drew the equaliser in the dying stages of the match.

Abdul Rana turned out to be the savior for Pakistan. Rana converted a penalty corner with three minutes left and denied India a victory. India are next scheduled to lock horns with Japan on Tuesday, May 24. Pakistan’s next match is against Indonesia on May 24.

India’s last and final match in Group A is against Indonesia on Thursday, May 26 at the same venue.

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