While earlier, the loss of tempo was against world-class sides, this time it came against Pakistan, a lower-ranked side, who are not exactly world beaters anymore. With the result, coach Sjoerd Marijne will be forced to go back to the drawing board before the next match a must-win against Wales on Sunday, while Pakistan take on England. Oltmans was with Hockey India since -- first as high performance director and then head coach -- was unceremoniously removed in September last year.
Indians would have only themselves to blame for the result. While they started off with intent, it was evident by the end of the first half that Manpreet Singh and Co.
One could sense no strategy or system in their play while Pakistan, despite being erratic, were at least making forays into the Indian D. It was a matter of time before they scored.
Ali Mubashar scored for Pakistan with a low and hard shot. Sreejesh was a bit slow to react and conceded the equaliser. A disappointing result for India as going into the match they were the clear favourites. Heartbreak for India in the dying seconds of the match. Pakistan convert the penalty corner to draw the match Pakistan get another penalty corner. Penalty corner is taken but the attempt thwarted. Pakistan ask for a video review again. Drama in the final seconds. Pakistan asks for a review after a scuffle for ball in the Indian D.
With two minutes to go India lead Five minutes to go in the match and India lead against Pakistan. But things are getting tight as Pak players are running more and more at the Indian defence while Manpreet Singh and Co. The ball sails above the bar but Indian custodian P Sreejesh seems to have injured his side.
He takes his time getting up. Play begins with India running up the left flank, intercepted by Pakistani defence. Such up and down running of the ball has been the hallmark of this match with both the sides unable to assume full control of the proceedings.
So much for strategies and systems. The fourth quarter begins with Pakistan playing running hockey, attacking looking for the equaliser. India lead at the moment. India lead Pakistan but Manpreet Singh and Co. The Indian defence, solid till that point, was in disarray as Pakistan ran at them with some crisp passing. The Indians better get their act together as the third quarter has seen a resurgent Paksitan.
With less than two minutes to go in the quarter, India lead The third quarter of the India vs Pakistan match begins. India lead thanks to goals from Dilpreet Singh and Harmanpreet Singh in the opening two quarters. While the scoreline reads in favour of India at half time, India coach Sjoerd Marijne would want his side to assert more in the midfield and also hold a ball a little longer. The latter half of second half saw Pakistan spend more time in the Indian half. Pakistan are trying to go forward and get a goal back but the Indian defence seems solid with no weak links whatsoever.
Manpreet Singh and Co. However, Pakistan earns another penalty corner as threat continues to loom over the Indian goal. This time, goalkeeper P Sreejesh comes to the rescue. The Pakistan flick from the PC is intercepted beautifully by Kothajit Singh, who clears it to the side. Pakistan get a penalty corner after a player goes down in the Indian D. The weak shot is dealt with by the Indian defence. Pakistan asks for a review and gets another PC. The Pakistan custodian Imran Butt has been a busy man under the bar.
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