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Pakistan to Face India in Decisive Asian Champions Trophy Showdown

Date: August 08, 2023

In a high-stakes showdown, Pakistan’s national hockey team is set to clash with their arch-rivals India in a do-or-die match of the 2023 Men’s Asian Champions Trophy tomorrow.

Having faced a lackluster performance throughout the tournament, Pakistan’s greenshirts are now on the brink of elimination. A victory in this crucial match would secure them a spot in the semi-finals, while a defeat could spell their exit from the competition.

Currently positioned at number 4 on the points table, Pakistan’s journey began with a loss to Malaysia. Subsequent matches saw them drawing against South Korea and Japan, with a 2-1 triumph over China keeping their hopes alive for a top-four finish.

On the other hand, India has dominated the tournament with three wins and a draw, placing them at the top of the table.

In this round-robin stage, all six participating teams play five matches each, with the top four advancing to the semi-finals.

Both Pakistan and India have clinched the Asian Champions Trophy three times each, adding to the intense rivalry that surrounds this upcoming clash.

Pakistan’s Squad: Mohammad Umar Bhutta (Captain), Rana Abdul Waheed Ashraf (Vice-Captain), Akmal Hussain, Abdullah Ishtiaq Khan, Mohammad Abdullah, Mohammad Sufyan Khan, Ehtisham Aslam, Osama Bashir, Aqeel Ahmed, Arshad Liaquat, Mohammad Imad, Abdul Hanan Shahid, Zakaria Hayat, Roman, Mohammad Murtaza Yaqub, Mohammad Shahzaib Khan, Afraz, Abdul Rahman

India’s Squad: PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh (Captain), Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Sumit, Jugraj Singh, Varun Kumar, Hardik Singh (Vice-Captain), Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Manpreet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Akashdeep Singh, S.Karthi, Gurjant Singh, Sukhjeet Singh, Pawan, Mandeep Singh.

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