The match that was supposed to be played at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat did not start due to heavy downpour. Earlier, India had entered the final of the tournament after registering a narrow victory against Japan on Saturday. Pakistan, on the other hand, beat Malaysia via a penalty shoot-out.
India and Pakistan declared joint winners of the tournament. India and Pakistan have been declared as joint winners of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy due to the Final being forfeited.
The much-anticipated India vs Pakistan final has been delayed. The Pushback will be delayed because of heavy downpour.
India will look to start off with a bang to put early pressure on their arch-rivals. India defeated Pakistan 3—2 in the final to win the coveted trophy for the second time. It's a repeat last edition's final where India emerged winners after beating Pakistan They had earlier beaten Pakistan round-robin stage.
So India start as favourites, but Pakistan have it in them to cause an upset.
Stay tuned for all the updates from the match. On Saturday, India had to work hard for a victory over Asian Games gold medallist Japan in the semi-finals.
Field goals from Gurjant Singh and Dilpreet Singh and a set-piece penalty corner strike by Chinglensana helped India overcome the hard-working Asian Games champions, Japan. After losing their preliminary league encounter to India , Japan had promised to give India a tough game if the teams met again in the tournament.
The Asiad gold medallists, who have inducted several young players for this tournament, lived up to their promise. After a goalless first quarter, Gurjant gave India the initial lead in the 19th minute by sending a fine reverse flick on target. Japan equalised with a set-piece penalty corner attempt that saw Hirotaka Wakuri deflecting the penalty corner drive into the boards in the 22nd minute.
Finding Japan crowding their territory, India were not able to find solutions to breach the defence again until the 44th minute when Varun Kumar's penalty corner shot was deflected into the net by Chinglensana Singh. Dilpreet increased the lead in the 55th minute by shooting on target in a crowded circle, but only to see Japan bounce back with another penalty corner conversion from Hirotaka Zendana in the next minute.
The Indian defence then held its ground for the last four minutes to secure entry into the final.
Indian captain Manpreet Singh said he was pleased to be in the final. We have to produce our best game. We must take care of Pakistan's counter-attacks.
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