Its India vs Pakistan in Summit Clash of Asian Champions Trophy, Doha 2012

The final of day league stage of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy 2012 at Doha turned out to be exciting one as results of all three matches were important in deciding the 2nd finalists after India had already qualified for it.

Shakeel Abbasi

File Photo: Shakeel Abbasi (Photo by: Deepthi Indukuri)

In the first match China defeated Oman (6-1) to register their 3rd victory in the tournament to take themselves on 2nd place in points temporarily. Then Pakistan defeated (5-2) Japan after seesawing first half which ended up on equal terms (2-2) and climbed to second place in the table.

Pakistan had taken early lead through Muhammad Waqas in 1st min and Japan replied with two penalty corner goals in 8th and 23rd minute through Heita Yoshihara and Toshiro Tachibana respectively to bring out smiles on the faces of Malaysian fans. But evergreen Shakeel Abbasi scored equalizer for the green shirts a minute before the half time hooter. Continue reading →

It could be India vs Pakistan or Malaysia or China in Final of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy Doha 2012

With four consecutive wins from as many matches, defending champions India have confirmed their place in the final of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy, Doha. The other finalist will be known only after completion of final league match of the tournament being played at Al Rayyan Hockey Stadium, Doha, Qatar.

Doha Asian Champions Trophy 2012 LogoIn their fourth match India beat (2-1) world number 5 side Pakistan to book a place in final, while China stunned Malaysia (4-2) to not only deny Malaysia 2nd place in points table but also kept themselves in competition.

China stand a mathematical chance to make it to the final against India to be played on 27th December, which is possible if 16th ranked Japan beat Asian Champions Trophy 2011 runners up and 2012 FIH Champions Trophy Bronze Medalists Pakistan or hold them for draw, also India win or draw against Malaysia in last league match of tournament after China record a victory over Oman in the first match on 26th December. Continue reading →

Big Hockey Day at Doha as Pakistan Face Defending Champions India in 2nd Asian Champions Trophy

World number 13 side, Malaysia held the favorites Pakistan for a 3-3 draw to keep their chances alive for a place in final of Asian Champions Trophy 2012, being played at Doha (Qatar).

Doha Asian Champions Trophy 2012 LogoIn the meanwhile, India has reached the top of the table, with 3 wins from as many outings including big win (11-0) against lowest ranked team in the competition, Oman (Current FIH Ranking 36), 3-1 and 4-0 wins against Japan and China respectively. Continue reading →

India beat Oman 11-0 at 2nd Asian Champions Trophy Doha

New Delhi, 23 December 2012: India registered their third consecutive win in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy being played at Doha, Qatar. India defeated Oman 11-0 in their third match of the tournament on Sunday.

SV Sunil

SV Sunil Scored a brace for India

India scored through SV Sunil (3rd and 44th minute), Dharamvir Singh (8th minute and 56th minute), VR Raghunath (30th and 38th minute Penalty Corner), Rupinder Pal Singh (33rd and 43rd minute Penalty Corner), Akashdeep Singh (53rd minute Penalty Corner), Harbir Singh (65th minute Penalty Corner) and Danish Mujtaba (67th minute). Continue reading →

India Starts Campaign on Winning Note, Defeat China 4-0 in Asian Champions Trophy Doha

New Delhi, 20 December 2012: India started their campaign on a winning note in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy being played at Doha, Qatar. India defeated China 4-0 in their opening match of the tournament on Thursday.

VR Raghunath (IOC) : Player of the Tournament MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey 2012

VR Raghunath Scored a Brace for India (Photo by: Deepthi Indukuri)

India scored through SV Sunil (13th minute), VR Raghunath (17th minute Penalty Corner & 52nd minute Penalty corner) and Birendra Lakra (53rd minute).

A fine field goal by SV Sunil in the 13th minute and a penalty corner conversion by Vice-Captain VR Raghunath in the 17th minute gave India 2-0 lead at the halftime. Continue reading →

Pakistan Men’s Hockey Team Announced for Asian Champions Trophy 2012

Pakistan hockey team will participate in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament to be played in Doha/Qatar from 20th to 27th December 2012. China, Japan, India, Malaysia and Oman complete the line-up of the tournament.

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) LogoAkhtar Rasool Chaudhary, Manager Senior Hockey Team, with the approval of President PHF has announced 18 member squad for participation in the tournament. The team will be lead by Muhammad Imran and Muhammad Waqas will be his deputy. Continue reading →