India Vs Pakistan, a big game, sometime bigger than tournaments, is in offing at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia on 31st May, 2012 at 15.35 IST in the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. But more or less, it will not have much effect on the tournament results as both the teams are almost out of contention for a berth in Final, as the winner of India Vs Pakistan has very less chance to make it to finals depending on the results of other matches with permutations and combinations.“Is it really big and worth for such a hype, when both India and Pakistan, earlier power house of Hockey for decades, are struggling to make a respectable place in current times? India and Pakistan should make use of the status of their game, not only to make it source of their income (cause money matters) by playing regularly on home and away basis series, but also by collaborating for knowledge sharing as both sides play similar style of hockey.
Awaiting for outcome of next big game India Vs Pakistan in IPOH :)”
The young side of hosts Malaysia stunned Pakistan to win by 3-2 with scoring a last minute goal, after going into lemon break with 1-2 deficit. While, Great Britain stopped the unbeaten of run New Zealand (2-1) to stay in contention. But, Indian team was defeated (2-3) by Argentina owing to their own mistakes in defence. Argentina, who were sitting deep in their own half of the turf and did most of the work of defending in whole match and capitalized on Indian defenders’ mistakes to score two goals in as many minutes, leaving India to play for catching up.
Game was slow until, Argentina, caught Indian napping in their own half in 37th minute to take lead and to double it in very next minute. Then India pressed accelerator and reduced the margin 10 minute later, when Sardar Singh found his reverse in the back of net, after picking up rebound on flick of VR Raghunath in a penalty corner. In 57th minute, Gonzalo Peillat’s direct flick in a PC routine found the target to make it 3-1 in favor of Pan-American champions. Though India pulled one back in 61st through a characteristic roof touching flick of VR Ragunath, but could not find that much needed equalizer in many chances they got in last 9 minutes including one penalty corner.
(Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012 Detailed Points Table Schedule/Results here)