India in final after 4-4 draw with Pak

India scored a 4-4 draw against Pakistan to qualify for the final of the three-nation invitational hockey tournament in Sydney.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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India qualified for their second consecutive final on the tour despite being held to a 4-4 draw by arch-rivals Pakistan in an engrossing league match of the second leg of the three-nation hockey tournament here today. For India, who dominated the proceedings for most part of the match, Baljit Singh Dhillon scored a brace in the sixth minute while Prabhjot Singh (30) and Jugraj Singh (54) sounded the board once each. Ali Raza (10), Mohammad Saqlain (39), Kashish Jawad (55) and Shabbir Hussain (60) slotted home for Pakistan, who were needing a win for a place in the final. In the final to be played tomorrow, India will take on Australia. India, who were leading 4-2 with 15 minutes to go, could have very well won the match but for some poor defending at the end during which they conceded two goals to allow their rivals to force a draw. The tense-battle saw Baljit Singh Dhillon getting a red card in the 40th minute while Pakistan's Ali Raza got a yellow card for "misconduct" during the match. Tomorrow's match will be India's second final appearance in a week's time after they finished runner-up in the first leg in Perth last Sunday losing 1-2 against Australia. (PTI)