Commonwealth Games 2018: Pakistan hold arch rival India to 2-2 draw in dramatic hockey opener
The Green Shirts held the Men in Blue to a 2-2 draw in the opening match of the tournament.
— Zeeshan Ahmed (@mrsportsjourno) April 7, 2018
"We were not happy with the performance. We wanted to win this game. We are disappointed with the result," said defender Rupinder Pal Singh, criticising India's lack of discipline.
Dilpreet Singh scored the opener, for India before penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh put them 2-0 up with a trademark drag flick.
But Muhammad Irfan gave Pakistan a lifeline early in the second half when he tapped in after a counter-attack.
"To come back from 2-0 is a team effort," said Pakistan midfielder Muhammed Rizwan.
Pakistan finished last in the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi, had failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and are currently ranked 13th in the FIH rankings.
India, on the other hand, are ranked sixth in the World and one of the favourites for gold in the Commonwealth Games.
Interestingly, Pakistan’s current head coach Roelant Oltmans was the man behind the improvement in Indian hockey when he was coach and director of the Indian team in 2015.
Meet Team Pakistan 🇵🇰 who will competing for the awesome trophy at the Rabobank #HCT2018 🙌— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) April 6, 2018
Watch the full video 🎥 https://t.co/5T0cqc7Q7l @hockeypakistan @oranjehockey @KNHB_NL @Rabobank pic.twitter.com/me403hoBDv
Imran Butt, Mazhar Abbas, M.Irfan Senior, Tazeemul Hassan, Mubashar Ali, Faisal Qadir,
Ammad Shakeel Butt (Vice Captain), Tauseeq Arshad, Tasawwar Abbas, Abubakr Mahmood, M.Irfan Junior, Shafqat Rasool, Dilber, Ateeq Arshad, Ali Shan, Arslan Qadir, M.Rizwan Senior (Captain), Rana Sohail.
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