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India-Pakistan semi in U-18 Hockey today


Dhaka : A traditional rivalry will take centre-stage when India take on Pakistan in the semifinals of the Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament here today.

The two teams have enjoyed success before in the competition, India having been twice—winners in 2001 and fifth in 2009. Pakistan have also twice been part of the tournament, winning it in 2009 and finishing with Bronze in 2011.

India faced a tough challenge against the hosts in the opening game of the tournament and went down 5-4 in what was arguably the most exciting match played yet. Brushing off that loss, they defeated Oman 11-0 to take their first points of the competition.