New Delhi: India are set to take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their third Asian Champions Trophy and the defending champions will look to register a win in a game that is played with emotion more than technique.
Having won the last 10 matches against their neighbours, India have strong chances of winning this match.
Currently, India and Pakistan are both the defending champions of the tournament as the final Asian Champions Trophy in 2018 was washed out due to rain and both were declared joint winners.
This is the first time since the finale that the two teams are facing each other and the Asian Champions Trophy face-to-face record gives India the edge as the Men in Blue have won four games out of a total of eight, losing two And the other two are draws.
The overall face-off shows that Pakistan have been a better team in the continent, beating India 82 times out of 175 matches played together. Pakistan lost 62 games and 31 ended without a winner.
|Tournament||Matchbox||India won||Pakistan won||pulls|
|test series||52||16||25||1 1|
|Asian Champions Trophy||8||4||2||2|
|FIH Hockey World League||3||2||0||1|
But for Team India lately there is a different story to tell. India won a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics and this is the first tournament in which the Manpreet Singh-led team is playing since August.
India has won 10 of its eleven matches against Pakistan. The last time the Men in Green defeated India in a hockey match was in the final of the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati.
India has played two matches in the current tournament. They took a 2–2 lead in their first match against South Korea and then defeated hosts Bangladesh 9–0.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has played only one match so far. It ended in a goalless draw against Japan.
Where can I watch India vs Pakistan on TV?
The India vs Pakistan Hockey match in Asian Champions Trophy 2021 will be telecast live in India on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select 2 HD and DD Sports TV channels.
Where can I watch India vs Pakistan live on the internet?
India vs Pakistan Hockey Live Streaming will be on Disney+ Hotstar. The match will also be live streamed on the watch.hockey app.
First published:December 16, 2021, 1:23 pm