Asia Cup 2017: With A Match Each Left, All 4 Teams can Be IN or OUT

Dhaka is hosting one of the most interesting Asia Cup Hockey tournament ever. Nobody would have predicted how interesting the race to final in 2nd round of #AsiaCup2017 could get. 4 teams played 2 matches each against each other and still today while playing the last matches all 4 have a clear chance of either being out with a loss or in with a win. Only India has comparatively better position as even a draw can get it in. But, then it must remember that a loss may knock it out of the race to final. First time aspirant Malaysia has certainly made the calculations tricky. For the record, all the past 9 finals of Asia Cup has been played among only three teams: South Korea, Pakistan and India.

Asia Cup Hockey 2017: India Stops Malaysian Roll, Hosts Finally Win Despite Hattrick

2nd Day of Ranking matches saw dramatic results in three matches. While top favorite India drubbed Malaysia by a big margin stopping their roll, 2-time defending Champion South Korea had to settle for second consecutive draw in the race to final, and then a hattrick from China failed to stop the hosts, Bangladesh from registering their first win. Technically, all four teams are still in the race for final. To reach final in the last match, India needs just a draw, Pakistan must defeat India by a margin of 3 goals, South Korea must win and Malaysia must win. While yesterday 15 goals were scored, today 16 goals were scored.

Denmark Open 2017: Only 3 Indians in Round 2 for 3rd Consecutive Year, 2nd Seed Sindhu lose

Except the two singles title, Denmark Open Super Series has always been a tough road for Indians. While Saina Nehwal won the Denmark Open Super Series in 2012 being the second Indian after Prakash Padukone, who won in 1979, from the last three consecutive tournaments only 3 Indians have reached Round 2 and today was no exception as 2nd seed Sindhu was knocked out and all doubles teams were packed up. Saina, on the other hand knocked out 5th seed Carolina. With 2nd seed Sindhu and 5th seed Carolina, 4th seed Yuqi Shi and 6th seed Long Chen of China were the major upsets of Round 1.

Asia Cup Hockey 2017: Malaysian Threat to Top 3 teams in the Race to Final as India Earns a Draw

In the 2nd round of Asia Cup, while the race to finals was given a twist by Malaysia who shocked 3-time champion Pakistan, the classification matches saw Japan qualifying for 5th position match. Overall, in 3 matches the day saw 15 goals as Indians managed 2nd draw (in 9 matches at Asia Cup) in the dying minute against South Korea. Only three teams have reached the finals of Asia Cup so far in the last 9 editions and Malaysia is just another upset away from being the fourth team. On Thursday, India will play its 7th match at Asia Cup against Malaysia, having won 5 and drawn 1.

Junior World Badminton Championships: 6 Indians in Singles Round 3, 6 in Doubles Round 2

On Day 1, Indian Singles and Doubles Junior impressed reaching Round 3 and Round 2, respectively. In Singles, Lakshya Sen seeded 2nd is India’s best hope for a medal while in Women’s Singles Aakarshi Kashyap is seeded 8th. In Singles, after 5 rounds players will reach quarterfinals. In Doubles, after 4 rounds players will reach quarterfinals. Men’s Doubles has 2017 Dutch Junior Open Runners up Dhruv Kapila and Krishna Prasad seeded 3rd.

9th Women’s Asia Cup: Schedule, Pools and Results

Eight teams will play at Pool Stage to decide rankings for knockout. Divided into two pools, top two from each group will qualify for semifinals and bottom two will play classification matches for 5th-8th position.

9th Women’s Asia Cup Hockey: Rani Rampal Leads 18-member Indian Squad

Indian Women’s Hockey Squad for 9th Women’s Asia Cup has been announced with Rani Rampal as captain and goalkeeper Savita as vice captain. Under the new coach Harendra Singh, Indian women would aim for their 2nd title at Asia Cup. The winner will qualify for 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup in England. 8 teams are participating in the Asia Cup held at Kakamigahara City, Japan from 28th October to 5th November, 2017. Placed in Pool A with China, Malaysia and Singapore, Indians will start campaign against Singapore. Indians have reached the finals thrice and won the title once.

India vs Pakistan Record at Other Tournaments

Besides Asian tournaments, FIH organized tournaments, Olympics and Azlan Shah, India and Pakistan have played each other at other tournaments across the globe. Starting from 1966 till 2011, Indian and Pakistan have participated in 20 Tournaments across the globe. They have played 246 matches and 8 of them were drawn.

India vs Pakistan Hockey Record at South Asian Games

India and Pakistan have played 7 matches in 4 South Asian Games. While 2 Indians have scored hattricks against Pakistan during South Asian Games, Pakistanis have won 4 of the 7 games while Indians won 3.

India vs Pakistan Record at Bilateral Hockey Series

From 1978 to 2006, India and Pakistan played 57 matches in 10 bilateral series. Two of these series were played in UAE and Qatar. Pakistan completed dominated winning 7. India won two series drew 5th series in 1988.

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