Dream Final India Vs Pakistan: Asian Champions Trophy 2011 at Ordos, China

India Pakistan FlagsThe traditional arch rivals India and Pakistan will face again each other in the finals of Asian Champions Trophy 2011 at Ordos, China, with a gap of one day. The finalist were decided after great day of hockey which saw three awesome matches, 2 draws and 1 win with catch me if you can situations. In first match, India held Pakistan (2-2) after going down 0-2 in the early minutes of second half, resulted in Pakistan reaching the finals but India’s hang on Malaysia Vs Japan match in the latter half of the day. China held formidable Korea from 0-1 deficit to 1-1 in the second match of the day. Malaysia showed nice game and came from behind from 0-2 at half time to win it 3-2 against to set up repeat of Friday on Sunday, with India Vs Pakistan in finals, Japan Vs Malaysia in bronze medal match and Korea Vs China in fifth place play off.

Men’s Finals on September 11 (Sunday, Time in IST)
10:30-12:30     China Vs Korea: 5th Place
13:00-15:00     Japan Vs Malaysia:  Bronze Medal
15:30-17:30     Pakistan Vs India: Final

Women’s Finals on September 10 (Saturday, Time in IST)
12:30-14:30      Japan Vs India: Bronze Medal
15:00-19:00      China Vs Korea: Final

Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) posts on their Facebook page, “India must be smiling being in the Finals. Malaysia achieved the MHF target to be top 4 finsih but need to win against Japan in the 3rd & 4th placing match on Sunday, at least bronze medal. Korea (London Cup Champions) playing against China for 5 & 6…. Thanks god for supporting us for the win. Malaysia Boleh!!!!” We congratulate them wholeheartedly for achieving their target and wish them good luck for bronze medal match. Continue reading →

India Vs Pakistan: Arch Rivals’ Big Game in China

India Pakistan FlagsTraditional arch rivals, old hockey power houses India and Pakistan will face each other in the virtual semi-final of Asian Champions Trophy 2011 on 9th Sept, 2011 (10:30 AM IST) at Ordos in China. But the pity is there is no telecast or streaming of the match which could draw more attention then a cricket match of India, in-fact India Vs Pakistan in World Cup 2010 clash had more TRP than many of India’s cricket matches. But who to blame? AHF? Forget about telecast, they could not even manage arrange live text update, may be through twitter or facebook, it sucks big time.

Statistics of big clashes:
Overall: 147 Matches, India won 48 only, 24 drawn and Pakistan won 75 times.
Its 2nd time in 2011, first Azlan Shah Cup 2011, where Pakistan won 3-1
Overall India have  scored 278 against Pakistan and conceded 347.

Current tournament (Asian Champions Trophy):
India: 2 wins and 2 draws, hence unbeaten till now, scored 12 goals but conceded 5 only.
Pakistan: 3 wins and 1 defeat, on the top of table with 9 points, scored 11 goals and conceded 8 goals.
Winner will be in final, in case of draw, it will depend on the results of other two matches.
Detailed Points Table || Detailed Schedule Continue reading →

Asian Champions Trophy 2011: Arch Rivals Pakistan and India are Leading the Table

Asian Champions Trophy 2011 (Men’s):
India and Pakistan have put up impressive performance in the tournament. India is only unbeaten team with 2 wins and 2 draws while Pakistan has won 3 and lost only to reach the top of table (given below) ahead of the final set of round-robin matches, while India is just a point behind Pakistan.  The neighboring arch-rivals will be playing their final round-robin match against each other on 9th Sept (Friday), which is a virtual semi-final for the event. India have scored more goals and conceded less than any other team in the competition, making best goal difference in the tournament till now.

In the virtual semi-final, a win for either Pakistan or India would see them in final and japan will need victory over Malaysia, but a draw between India and Pakistan may be just enough for the latter, but India will have to wait for the result of match between third placed Japan and Malaysia which is out of the race for final. The tournament is still wide open.

Asian Champions Trophy 2011 (Women’s):
Korea needs a draw against Japan in their final round-robin match to reach the Gold medal match. And if Japan wins the match they will be through to Gold medal match. While host China also needs a draw against India who are at the bottom of table, but India can not be taken lightly by China as India had beaten China 2-1 in 1st Asian Champions Trophy to win Bronze medal.

Current Standings – Men (7th September 2011) Continue reading →

India beat Korea 5-3, Reach on the Top of Table in Asian Champions Trophy 2011

India beat South Korea 5-3 to reach the top of table in the 1st Asian Champions Trophy at Ordos, China. India are only unbeaten side in the tournament, and seven points from 2 wins against China 5-0 and Korea 5-3 and a draw against Japan 1-1. Pakistan and Korea are placed 2nd and 3rd position respectively with 2 wins and 1 loss each.

Here is the points table of Asian Champions Trophy 2011 (Men’s):

P W D L F A Points
India 3 2 1 0 11 4 7
Pakistan 3 2 0 1 8 6 6
Korea 3 2 0 1 10 10 6
Japan 3 1 1 1 6 3 4
Malaysia 3 1 0 2 9 9 3
China 3 0 0 3 3 8 0

Here are the detailed results of the matches been played till now in Asian Champions Trophy 2011 (Men’s) (Schedule here):

CHN == 0 : 5 ~ : ~ ~ : ~ 2 : 4 1 : 4
IND 5 : 0 == 1 : 1 5 : 3 ~ : ~ ~ : ~
JAP ~ : ~ 1 : 1 == 2 : 3 ~ : ~ 3 : 1
KOR ~ : ~ 3 : 5 3 : 2 == 4 : 3 ~ : ~
MAS 4 : 2 ~ : ~ ~ : ~ 3 : 4 == 2 : 3
PAK 4 : 1 ~ : ~ 1 : 3 ~ : ~ 3 : 2 ==

CHN-> China, IND-> India, JAP-> Japan, KOR-> Korea, MAS-> Malaysia, PAK-> Pakistan.
P-> Played, W-> Won, L-> Lost, D-> Draw, F-> Goals For, A-> Goals Against

India thrashed China 5-0 in Asian Champions Trophy (Men’s)

The young Indian hockey (men’s) team got off with a thrashing China (5-0) in their first match in Asian Champions Trophy. India led 2-0 (Gurwinder Singh Chandi (5th) and Yuvraj Walmiki (21st) ) in first half and Rupinder Pal Singh (41st), Rajpal Singh (43rd) and V Raghunath (62nd) scored for India in second half taking the tally to 5-0. According to news; China were defensive and looked handicapped in the absence of their best four players, though India are in similar position, India took the advantage of defensive move of China. Rupinder Pal Singh was good in defence but Rajpal and Sarvanjit Singh missed a chance in the 15th Minute.

Rupinder Pal Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Manjit Kullu, Harpreet Singh

Rupinder Pal Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Manjit Kullu, Harpreet Singh

2nd Asian Champion Trophy (Women’s)

Top four teams (China, Korea, Japan and India) from Asian Games 2010 will participate in the tournament which involves round-robin league among all teams followed by play-offs for final positions.

Detailed Schedule of the second Asian Champions Trophy (Women’s) (Times are indicated in CST i.e. GMT+8.00): Continue reading →