India were forced to toil to beat Pakistan 4-3 in the thrilling third-place encounter to claim bronze medal in the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy hockey in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Both Pakistan and India were edged out from the tournament after South Korea thumped Pakistan 6-5 in the first semi-final and Japan defeated India 5-3 in the second.
India started the game in an attacking style as Harmanpreet Singh scored the goal in the second minute of the match. Afraz brought things level for Pakistan in the 10th minute.
The second quarter went goalless as both teams fought well to gain supremacy. Rana put Pakistan 2-1 ahead in the 33rd minute, but India’s midfielder Sumit once again restored parity.
The last ten minutes of the game were sensational as both teams displayed some attacking hockey. It paid dividends for India as Varun put them 3-2 ahead in the 53rd minute, and Akashdeep doubled the lead three minutes later.
Pakistan’s Nadeem brought hope by scoring in the 57th minute to make it 4-3, but India successfully defended their lead till the final whistle.