Dishing out a nail-biting encounter, Pakistan rode on Qadir’s strike to snatch a victory from India. At a time when scores were levelled at 3-3, and India were looking to find the goalmouth, Qadir converted a penalty corner into a goal to put Imran Muhammad’s team into the final.
India played attacking hockey from the very beginning, and even took the early lead, riding on a Gurjinder strike. But Pakistan bounced back in style in the second half. Without allowing India to settle down, Waqas made it 2-1 for the visitors.
For those who thought the game was all over, it was Dharamvir who proved them wrong. Keeping his cool, he scored the equaliser keeping Indian hopes alive.
In an evenly poised encounter, Imran scored the third goal for Pakistan, only to be equalised by India’s Nikkin a few moments later.
But then, there are days when the favourites finish in the receiving end, and Saturday was one such. Just when fans were expecting India to make the historic final, Qadir dashed the Indian dreams, netting the winner.
Pakistan play Germany in the final on Sunday.
09:07 PM : Pakistan beat India 4-3 to set up the final clash with Germany of the Champions Trophy
09:04PM: Pakistan make it 4-3
09:00PM: India awarded a penalty corner
09:00PM: Just a few minutes left for the final whistle. What a match this is turning out to be!
08:56PM: Goal!!! Nikkin brings India back into the game. It's 3-3 now.
08:53PM: Imran scores for Pakistan to take 3-2 lead over India. Disappointment for Indian fans
08:48PM: Roelant Oltmans discusses a point with players as India look to clinch a win
08:43 PM: Dharamvir scores it for India
08:43PM: And, a goal!: India bounce back in style, level the scores.
08:40PM: Pakistan defence looking rock solid, but India have still not given up. Sardar's men still trail by 1-2
08:30 PM : Pakistan's Waqas helps his team to lead by 2-1 against India in the beginning of 3rd quarter
08:20 PM: Half time! Pakistan level 1-1 with India
08:12 PM: After Video umpire, yellow card given to Pakistan's Irfan.
07:56 PM : End of first quarter. India lead by 1-0
07:55 PM : Pakistan missed chance to score.
07:52 PM: Yellow card for Gurbaj Singh
07:49 PM : It's a goal! Gurjinder converts penalty corner into a goal.