BHUBANESWAR, India: In a brave battle between the two arch rivals, Pakistan edged forward in the final few minutes to qualify for the final in the Champions Trophy.
Now, Pakistan will play the final on Sunday for title clash against Germany while India will play Australia for the third spot.
For Pakistan, Arslan Qadir made two goals – first in the 16th minute and the second and the decisive in the 59th – while Muhammad Waqas scored a goal in the 32nd and Muhammad Irfan in the 49th minute.
For India, three goals were netted by Gurjinder Singh in the 12th, Dharamvir Singh in the 44th and Chandana Thimmaiah in the 52nd minute.
Pakistan’s Pool A performance was a horrid tale of humiliating defeats. The team lost their opener to Belgium 2-1 and then crashed 8-2 to England. Defending champions Australia then added to the woes by scripting a 3-0 win.
Pakistan finished the table at the bottom but new rules allowing all teams to advance to the quarterfinal helped them set-up a clash against Netherlands.
The Dutch may have topped Pool B but Pakistan came out of nowhere to shove them out of the tournament. That 4-2 win would be propelling the Pakistan team which has seen turbulent days in the recent past.
India XI: Sreejesh, Rupinder, Gurjinder, Manpreet, Sardar, Khandangbam, Gurbaj, Mujtaba, Sunil, Akashdeep and Ramandeep.
Pakistan XI: Butt, Rizwan, Waqas, Dilber, Rashid, Imran, Irfan, Shakeel, Bhutta, Abbas and Shan.