India fall a stroke short

The two early goals set the tone for the rest of the match, with both sides leaving no stones unturned in terms of attacks. India went 2-1 up in the 21st minute, thanks to a brilliantly taken drag-flick by VR Raghunath. India could have opened up a two-goal lead right at the stroke of half time when they got another corner, but Pakistan survived the scare.

Pakistan began the second half well and were soon rewarded as Shafqat Rasoon scored in the 42nd minute to level the scores. Six minutes later, Imran's drag-flick gave Pakistan 3-2 lead.

With the momentum in their favour, Pakistan heaped relentless pressure on the Indians. But for a couple of stunning saves made by PR Sreejesh, Indians could have been out of contention by the hour mark. Instead, what unfolded was simply amazing. Three goals were scored in the space of four minutes, setting up the match for a perfect finish.

First, Gurwinder Singh Chandi provided India the equaliser against the run of play in the 55th minute. Waqas then put Pakistan ahead for the third time in the match in the 57th minute before Rupinder Pal Singh equalised for India in the 59th.

Imran's goal five minutes later sealed the deal for Pakistan.

This was the second time this month that India lost to their arch-rivals in a medal match. They had tasted defeat in the bronze medal match of the Champions Trophy in Melbourne too.

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