The Men’s Junior Asia Cup Hockey 2023 commenced in Salalah, Oman, witnessing a blazing start from the Indian team with consecutive triumphs. Dominating their first Pool A encounter, India exhibited their superiority by securing a resounding 18-0 victory over Chinese Taipei. Sustaining their winning momentum, they clinched an exhilarating 3-1 comeback win against Japan, powered by goals from Araijeet Singh Hundal (36′), Sharda Nand Tiwari (39′), and Uttam Singh (56′).
With their focus on preserving their winning streak, India is eagerly prepared to confront their arch-rivals, Pakistan, in an eagerly anticipated Junior Asia Cup Hockey match on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the match, Indian captain Uttam Singh said,
“We have started the tournament on a strong note and we will look to continue with the same mentality against Pakistan. Our first two wins have given us the confidence we needed to go through the tournament. Pakistan have a strong team as well and it will be a close contest.”
On the other hand, Pakistan has also commenced the tournament with a brilliant start, securing victories in their initial matches. They triumphed over Chinese Taipei with a commanding 15-1 scoreline in their first encounter, followed by a dominant 9-0 win against Thailand in their second game.
The last face-off between the two teams took place in the 2015 Men’s Junior Asia Cup final, where Indian emerged victories by 6-2. Since their rivalry began in 2011, the Indian and Pakistani teams have crossed paths seven times. India has dominated with five wins, while Pakistan managed a solitary victory. Additionally, one match concluded in a tie.
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