Azlan Shah: India face arch-rivals Pakistan in a must-win match

India, after their impressive show against the Aussies, were expected to do well but they were completely outplayed in the first half yesterday by the Koreans, who took a 1-0 lead.

updated: March 11, 2013 18:54 IST
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India will have to put behind the disappointment of their back-to-back defeats and come out all guns blazing against arch-rivals Pakistan in their next round-robin match on Tuesday, to keep their chances alive in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh. India, however, could take heart from the fact that both their previous ties were close encounters.

A young Indian side had put up a spirited fight before going down 3-4 to six-time champions Australia in their opening encounter, while a defensive lapse towards the end in the second match cost them dear as they went down 1-2 to South Korea.

Pakistan, on the other hand, opened their campaign with a 3-4 win against New Zealand before being crushed 0-6 by Australia last night.

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