The blockbuster match of Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2015 is coming to your way as arch rivals India and Pakistan are going to play against each other in Pool A game on 26 June at Antwerp, Belgium. This will be a high voltage drama match as it happens every time whenever these two nations are on the ground whether it is cricket field or hockey stadium.
This is going to be 162nd meet between India and Pakistan on hockey field. In played those 161 matches, men in green have got upper hand over men in blue as PAK won 80 games whereas IND succeed to beat Pakistan on 54 occasions. 28 matches ended at draw between these 2 countries on hockey field.
Last time India and Pakistan met in 2014 Hockey Champions Trophy semi-final match in which Pakistan defeated India by 4-3. So Indian team will be looking to take revenge of the defeat from men in green on Friday’s world hockey league match.
India have already qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016 and also won first two matches of this tournament so far. On the other hand Pakistan haven’t qualified for next year’s Olympic games and they have to win this match against India to get some hopes positive for Rio.
Though India have made it through Rio Olympics but they are not thinking to give any kind of relief to other teams in the competition and they are keen to win the matches. After winning 2 matches Indian mid-fielder Lalit Upadhyay has mentioned that team is looking to win all Pool games and looking forward for the big matches against Pakistan and Australia.
He said, “While we won the first two matches, the next two against Pakistan and Australia are the ones we are looking forward to. We have been delivering as a unit and ensuring that we do not give up ball possession easily. Our target from here is to take a clean sweep in the pool phase.”
Indian hockey team will be favorites to win and they have got 60 percent winning chances over Pakistan. As per Sports Mirchi predictions the expected score line is 3-1 in the favor of men in blue.