Riding on three consecutive wins in the opening round of Asia Cup 2017, India play out a draw 1-1 against South Korea at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka. Both teams played defensive hockey and remained goalless till the half-time. Koreans fairly tested the Indian defence with their pace and skill in throughout the match. Earlier, India have registered convincing wins against Japan (5-1), Bangladesh (7-0) and Pakistan (3-1). Indian forwards S.V. Sunil, Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh are in good form and the midfielders such as S.K. Uthappa and Manpreet Singh are linking up with the defence and attack line smoothly.
HIGHLIGHTS, INDIA vs SOUTH KOREA, ASIA CUP HOCKEY 2017 AT DHAKA
18.38 IST: India play out 1-1 draw against South Korea in their first Super 4s encounter
18.37 IST: Goal! Just 58 sec left in the clock, Gurjant Singh bounces on to a short rebound from goalie to score the equalizer for India. IND 1-1 KOR
18.33 IST: Third umpire reverses the decision, no PC for India.
18.32 IST: This time India get a Penalty Corner, but Korean's have asked for a TV Review!
18.30 IST: Penalty Corner not given, however, India keep their referral.
18.28 IST: India have taken a TV Review, ask for a PC.
18.25 IST: Satbir sends good cross into D, Sumit tries to deflect, ball goes wide, so far good attack by India but no result.
18.21 IST: Lalit makes a good interception to deny South Korea shot at goal
18.17 IST: South Korea outpace India in the midfield, looking for another breakthrough. IND 0-1 KOR
18.13 IST: Fourth and final quarter begins.
18.10 IST: South Korea 1-0 India at the end of third quarter.
18.07 IST: GOAL! South Korea finally break the shackles, Lee Jungjun scores. South Korea 1-0 India
18.04 IST: Ramandeep and Jang J collide near SK circle
18.01 IST: India have made some moves, South Korea packs its defence with more numbers and deny even feeble shot at goal for India
17.55 IST: Third quarter is underway! India is desperately searching for a goal.
17.46 IST: HALF-TIME!
17:45 IST: India 0-0 Korea after half-time. Both teams have failed to create opportunities.
17.40 IST: Attack from South Korea, a long push enters D without a touch from any Korean player.
17.37 IST: India build up moves, and keep attacking while searching for an opening
17.32 IST: India have started well in the second, Akashdeep and Sunil playing good upfront while Manpreet and Harmanpreet sending throw balls into circle
17.28 IST: Second quarter has started.
17.26 IST: End of First Quarter. INDIA 0-0 SOUTH KOREA
17.25 IST: India fail to convert as Harmanpreet's indirect shot to Ramandeep was not upto the mark.
17.25 IST: India earn their first Penalty Corner of the match!
17.21 IST: Indian defence buckles, a good shot from top D for Korean forwards, just wide from the post.
17.18 IST: GK Akash Chikte comes up on the far right, charges to clear a close range shot from Korean forwards.
17.15 IST: India hold the ball well, with quick releases and retackling. Positive start from the Indian players.
17.10 IST: Start of the first quarter!
17.08 IST: Unbeaten India will look to continue their winning form against South Korea in the opening encounter.
17.04 IST: Both teams are on the ground and the respective national anthem is being played.
17.01 IST: In the first match of Asia Cup Super 4s, Malaysia beat Pakistan 3-2.
17.00 IST: Indian starting line up: Harmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Dipsan Tirkey, Lalit Upadhyay, SK Uthappa, Varun Kumar, SV Sunil, Akash Chikte (GK), Akashdeep Sing, Manpreet Singh (Capt), Chinglensana Singh
Brief Preview - An unbeaten India would start as overwhelming favourites against an under-performing but dangerous South Korea in their first match of the Super 4 stage of the 10th Asia Cup hockey tournament on Wednesday. India, who finished the pool stages with an all-win record, looked the most dominating team in the tournament so far in all aspects of the game.
Korea, on the other hand, were far from impressive as they finished second in Pool B behind the ever-improving Malaysia.
Playing under a new chief coach Sjoerd Marijne, the Indians rose to the occasion and have displayed beautiful one-touch hockey, which they are known for.
The Indian strike force comprising Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadahay and Chinglensana Singh has been the most impressive, scoring field goals at will with their deft stick work. (Read Full Preview)