The Indian men's hockey team ended their opening clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in a 1-1 draw at the 2022 Hero Men's Asia Cup on Monday (May 23). The prestigious men's hockey tournament is being held at GBK Sports Complex from May 23 to June 1 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Indian side drew first blood. Debutant Selvam Karthi couldn't have asked for a better start to his international career, as he struck a goal in the first quarter to provide his team with an early advantage. The defending champions took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.
Although his first goal didn't end up in a winning effort for the Indian side, a positive start to Karthi's career will definitely be a confidence booster.
Both India and Pakistan have won the Asia Cup title thrice. India won the title in 2003, 2007, and 2017. Meanwhile, Pakistan were crowned Asia Cup champions in 1982, 1985, and 1989.
Turning point of India vs Pakistan match
India conceded a late goal as Abdul Rana scored a last-minute equaliser (59') to help his side seize a draw from the jaws of defeat in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter.
Mubashar Ali took a drag-flick towards the end, which was deflected by the first Indian rusher. However, Rana was in a good position on the field to collect the ball and strike it past the Indian goalkeeper.
Debutant goal-keeper Pakistan's Akmal Hussain was adjudged Man of the Match.
You can watch the last-minute goal by Pakistan below:
Asia Cup Men's Hockey 2022: India Schedule
Match 1: India vs Pakistan
Date: May 23, 2022 Timing: 05:00 pm IST
Match 2: Japan vs India
Date: May 24, 2022 Timing: 05:00 pm IST
Match 3: India vs Indonesia
Date: May 26, 2022 Timing: 05:00 pm IST
Asia Cup 2022: Live streaming details
Star Sports have the broadcasting rights for the 2022 Asia Cup matches. Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select 2 HD will telecast the match while live streaming will be available on the Disney+Hotstar app.