India vs Pakistan hockey opener at the 2018 Commonwealth Games threw up the high drama in Gold Coast on Saturday as Pakistan managed to draw the game in the last minute by 2-2.
In the first half, the Indian team was leading 2-0 against Pakistan but the second half showed a complete turnaround on the field, with Pakistan in full throttle attack.
India earned a penalty corner quite early in the third quarter but Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Butt easily deflected Rupinder Pal Singh’s feeble attempt.
Pakistan stepped up the tempo in the second half even as Indians lost their shape in the middle. They made it 1-2 via a strike from Muhammad Irfan Jr.
Pakistan turned on the intensity in the final 15 minutes and was rewarded with three back-to-back penalty corners. But they just could not slot the all-important equaliser, denied by a solid Sreejesh and their own poor shots at the goal.
The referee awarded Pakistan’s it’s eight penalty corner which Ali Mubashir converted to draw the match 2-2.
For India, Dilpreet Singh (13th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (19th minute) did the scoring, while Pakistan’s goals came from Mohammed Irfan Junior (38th minute) and Mubashar Ali (59th minute).