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India gets the better of Pakistan in Hockey Asia Cup

Red hot Indians continued their dominance at the 10th men’s Hockey Asia Cup tournament as they defeated Pakistan 3-1 in a Pool A match. Chinglesnsana Singh (17th minute), Ramandeep Singh (44th) and Harmanpreet Singh (45th) scored for India, while Pakistan’s lone strike came from the stick of Ali Shan in the 49th minute.

India took the lead in the 17th minute of the 2nd quarter through Chinglesnsana Singh, who scored after receiving a fine pass from Akashdeep Singh from the wide right. In the 44th minute, Ramandeep Singh doubled India’s lead  with a neat deflection off Harmanpreet Singh’s fantastic cross from the middle of the pitch. India extended the lead in the very next minute from its second penalty corner through Harmanpreet Singh.

Pakistan, which looked more purposeful in the final quarter, reduced the margin in the 49th minute through Shan’s field strike.

With this win, India finished on top of Pool A with 9 points from 3 games, while Pakistan secured the second spot with 4 points.India will now play against an under-performing but dangerous South Korea in their first match of the Super 4 stage. But going by India’s performance so far – 5-1 win over Japan, 7-0 thrashing of Bangladesh and 3-1 win over arch-rivals Pakistan – they are expected to prevail over Korea with consummate ease.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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