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Asian Champions Trophy: India goal to finish group stage run on excessive, Pakistan eye SF spot

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 9 (ANI): The largest conflict of the continuing Asian Champions Trophy will lastly happen on Wednesday as an in-form Team India will tackle arch-rivals Pakistan of their closing group stage conflict of the event on the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium in Chennai.

The match will begin at 8:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST), as per Olympics.com.

India is on the high of the factors desk, with three wins and a attract 4 matches, with a complete of 10 factors. On the opposite hand, Pakistan is within the fourth spot with one win, two attracts and a loss in 4 video games, which interprets to 5 factors.

Both the international locations have produced some thrilling and high-profile matches lately. The world’s quantity 4 facet India has an edge over a largely youthful Pakistani facet due to their expertise.

Pakistan, ranked world quantity 16 might be underneath stress to carry out with a semifinal spot at stake. If they draw the match, they are going to be assured a spot within the closing 4. But in the event that they lose, Pakistan will crash out of the competitors if Japan beats China on Wednesday. India has already assured themselves of a semifinal spot due to their undefeated run within the event. India began with a 7-2 win over China, adopted by a 1-1 draw towards Japan after which secured wins over Malaysia (5-0) and South Korea (3-2).

Pakistan registered a 3-1 loss to Malaysia of their opener earlier than drawing with Korea and Japan. They secured their first win of the event towards China on Monday by 2-1.

India and Pakistan are each probably the most profitable groups in Asian Champions Trophy historical past with three titles every. They final met in Asia Cup 2022 in Jakarta, the place they performed a 1-1 draw. Pakistan has a 82 wins-64 losses observe file in head-to-head. The final time Pakistan beat India in hockey was in 2016 at SAF Games in Guwahati after that India and Pakistan performed 14 matches collectively, the place India received 12 whereas two led to a draw.

Indian captain Harmanpreet Singh is the main run-scorer within the event with 5 targets and might be a key risk for Pakistan. On the opposite hand, India should be differ of Muhammad Khan, who has netted three targets thus far. Indian facet has been excellent with their assault, scoring 16 targets within the event, probably the most by any workforce, whereas Pakistan has seven.

India has been a unbelievable defending facet as properly, conceding solely 5 targets, the least amongst all groups. Pakistan has conceded eight targets thus far. (ANI)