IND vs PAK: Defending champions India came from behind twice to hold arch-rivals Pakistan to a thrilling 3-3 draw in a thrilling opening match of the Sultan of Johor Cup junior men’s hockey tournament in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Friday, October 27, 2023.
Goals from Amandeep Lakra (30th minute), Aditya Arjun Lalage (56th) and Uttam Singh (59th) ensured India earned a point from the draw while Arbaz Ahmad (31st, 58th) and Abdul Shahid (49th) scored for Pakistan.
The match was a fast-paced and evenly contested affair, with both teams having their chances to score. India started the better of the two sides and created a few early opportunities, but they were unable to find the back of the net.
Pakistan took the lead in the 31st minute through Arbaz Ahmad, who converted a penalty corner. India equalized just a minute later through Amandeep Lakra, who scored a brilliant field goal.
Pakistan regained the lead in the 49th minute through Abdul Shahid, but India once again equalized in the 56th minute through Aditya Arjun Lalage.
India scored the equalizer in the 59th minute through Uttam Singh, who scored a field goal from close range.
Both teams had their chances to win the match in the final minutes, but neither side could find the back of the net.
The draw was a fair result for both teams, and it will be interesting to see how they perform in the rest of the tournament.
India’s performance in the match was a mixed bag. They started the match well and created a few early opportunities, but they were unable to find the back of the net. They also conceded two soft goals in the first half.
However, they showed great character to come back from behind twice and earn a point from the match. Their defense was not at its best, but their attack looked dangerous at times.
Pakistan also played well in the match. They were defensively sound and they took their chances well. However, they were unable to hold on to their lead on both occasions.
Overall, it was a thrilling match between two evenly matched teams. The draw was a fair result, and it will be interesting to see how both teams perform in the rest of the tournament.
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