Azlan Shah Cup: Pak play out 2-2 draw with Australia

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Defending champions Pakistan and Australia fought out a 2-2 draw in a rather tame encounter in the seven-nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament.

Azlan Shah Cup: Pak play out 2-2 draw with Australia

Kuala Lumpur:

Defending champions Pakistan and Australia fought out a 2-2 draw in a rather tame encounter in the seven-nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here today. Pakistan thus completed their league engagements with a tally of 14 points to confirm their entry into Sunday's final. Australia, now on eight points, need to beat Germany tomorrow to book their berth in the title round. A draw will suffice for Germany to advance to the final. The Aussies had their goals from Liam de Young (13th) and Michael Boyce (56th) while Pakistan replied through Sohail Abbas (37th) and Saleem Khalid (51st). In a game that either team could have won, the forwards bungled repeatedly, and for Pakistan, their penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas could convert just one from eight attempts, a couple of which were well blocked by goalkeeper Mark Hickman. However, Hickman blotted his record by letting in Khalid's innocuous reverse hit after the Pakistani forward had cut through from the centre-line with a dazzling solo run. Australia, struggling for pace and precision, enjoyed few moments of dominance during which they got both their goals as de Young made an indirect conversion and 14 minutes from close, Boyce let fly from the top following a free-hit that caught the entire Pakistani defence flat-footed. (PTI)



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