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Hockey: Twitter reactions as India and Pakistan play out a 1-1 draw in Asia Cup opener

India and Pakistan players in action at the ongoing Asia Cup. (PC: Hockey India)
India and Pakistan players in action at the ongoing Asia Cup. (PC: Hockey India)
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Abdul Rana scored a last-gasp goal as India and Pakistan played out a 1-1 draw in the Asia Cup hockey opener in Jakarta on Monday, May 23.

Karthi Selvam put India in the driver's seat with a scintillating goal, his first at the international level, in the ninth minute giving India the lead.

The Indian hockey team will be disappointed with the result as they had more ball possession. Both India and Pakistan had the same number of shots on goal (nine) and circle penetrations (11) though.

The Indians continued to put pressure on the Pakistan defense and secured two more penalty corners in the first quarter. The second was converted by Karthi, who scored his first international goal after his flick went inside the Pakistan citadel after getting a deflection off the stick of defender Muhammad Abdullah.

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Pakistan goalkeeper Akmal Hussain was the star of the evening for his team as stood like a rock and produced good reflex saves to deny the Indians many times.

A lapse in concentration cost India dearly in the final moments of the game. The Indian defense were caught napping as they failed to collect a long ball. The resulting penalty corner chance was converted by Abdul Rana to equalize and the arch rivals shared points.

Meanwhile, in the other matches on the opening day of the Asia Cup, Malaysia beat Oman 7-0, Korea got the better of Bangladesh 6-1 and Japan thrashed hosts Indonesia 9-0.


Twitter reactions as India vs Pakistan ends in a draw in Asia Cup opener

Fans took to social media as Pakistan clawed their way back into the contest to hold India 1-1 in the Asia Cup opener.

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The Indian hockey team is vice-captained by veteran SV Sunil, who is making a comeback after many years. The versatile player was happy to be donning the Indian colors again.

Nothing matches up to the feeling of wearing the Indian colours and playing for the country. #AsiaCup #Hockey #TeamIndia 🇮🇳 https://t.co/xXv16QtQ8a

Former Indian skipper Viren Rasquinha lauded the hockey greats from both teams for being on the sidelines.

The great @imsardarsingh8 as Indian Coach and the legend #WaseemAhmed as Pak asst coach. If any budding hockey midfielders out there, just have to watch old videos of these two. They really knew how to run a midfield masterclass. #AsiaCup2022

Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh wished India the best for the Asia Cup and urged them to retain the title.

Wishing the best to the @TheHockeyIndia Men’s Team for #AsiaCup2022 Let’s retain the title, boys 💪

Fans were glued to the screens and enjoyed every minute of the thrilling action.

India vs Pakistan Men's Asia Cup Hockey 2022 The Thrill is on Q1(Result 01-00)@indiahockey @IndiaHockeyNews #indianhockey
Heartbreak for India. Pakistan with an equalizer with one minute left and the match ends in a draw in their first match of the Asia Cup 2022.
Heartbreak for India. Pakistan with an equalizer with one minute left and the match ends in a draw in their first match of the Asia Cup 2022. #Cricket

Fans also came up with some interesting stats.

India was Pakistan ended in a drawFirst ever draw btw India Pakistan in Asia cup men's history 1982 : 🇵🇰 4–01985 : 🇵🇰 3-21989:🇵🇰 2-0 2003:🇵🇰 4-2 2003 :🇮🇳 4-2 (Final) 2009 : 🇵🇰 3-2 2017 : 🇵🇰 1-2 2017 : 🇮🇳 4-0 (Super 4s)#INDvPAK #AsiaCup2022 @TheHockeyIndia https://t.co/uEP8DrDG8J
Draw 1️⃣/ 1️⃣ it's not a good start for us... hope they will dominate in farther game 🏑#AsiaCup2022 #hockeyindia#HockeyAsiaCup2022 https://t.co/5oYn0pvbab

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Edited by Puranjay Dixit

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