Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are all set to square-off at the Asian Games 2023 men’s hockey tournament at the Gongshu Canal Sports Park Stadium in Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China on Saturday.
Clubbed in the same group, India, world No. 3, currently leads the Pool A standings ahead of Pakistan, the 15th-ranked team globally. Both the sides have three wins from three games however, the Men In Blue lead the charts on goal difference.
The Harmanpreet Singh-led Indian team kicked-off their campaign in a dominating fashion as they outclassed Uzbekistan 16-0 and followed it up with a 16-1 thrashing of Singapore. Later on Thursday, India underwent a tough test at the showpiece event against the 2018 Asian Games gold medallists Japan but came out with a 4-2 victory to keep their winning streak alive.
On Saturday, another thrilling contest is on cards when the two arch-rivals lock horns in a neutral venue.
The two sides last met at the Asian Champions Trophy in August, where India thrashed their neighbours Pakistan 4-0.
Since 2013, both the sides have faced each other in 24 matches, of which India have won a whopping 16 while Pakistan have managed to win in just five occassions while three games ended in a draw.
Speaking ahead the much-awaited clash against Pakistan, India captain Harmanpreet Singh said that his team has learned valuable lessons from their matches so far in the tournament, which will help them against their neighbours.
“It has been a good start for us in the tournament so far, but the most important aspect so far is that with each opponent, we have learnt new things about our gameplay and about how we can improve our game. We have remained unbeaten, which gives us confidence going into our game against Pakistan that we are in good shape and rhythm, and now it is just about maintaining the momentum and implementing the lessons that we are learning every day,” Harmanpreet said.
Harmanpreet also spoke about the mood in the dressing room ahead of the much-awaited clash and said the team is looking to maintain its winning run in Hangzhou.
“There is always excitement in the dressing room whenever there is a match against Pakistan. The fans are always the loudest and make their voices heard. Pakistan have a solid team that has been doing really well, so we know we also have to be at our best against them to get a win. We are motivated by the results so far and we are eager to maintain our winning streak in the tournament,” he said.
Here are all the details of the blockbuster clash between India & Pakistan in men’s hockey Pool A match:
When will the India vs Pakistan men’s hockey match be played at the Asian Games 2023?
The India vs Pakistan match will be played at 6:15pm IST on September 30, 2023.
Where will the India vs Pakistan match be played at the Asian Games 2023?
The India vs Pakistan match will be played at the Gongshu Canal Sports Park Stadium in Hangzhou, China.
Where to watch the IND vs PAK match on TV?
The match will be broadcast on the Sony Sports Network.
Sony Sports Ten 1, Sony Sports Ten 1 HD, Sony Sports Ten 2, Sony Sports Ten 2 HD, Sony Sports Ten 3, Sony Sports Ten 3 HD, Sony Sports Ten 4, Sony Sports Ten 4 HD, Sony Sports Ten 5, and Sony Sports Ten 5 HD TV are the channels to live telecast the clash.
Where can we live stream the match?
The match will be live streamed on the SonyLiv app and website.