India, Pakistan declared joint winners of Asian Champions Trophy, Malaysia gets bronze

India, Pakistan declared joint winners of Asian Champions Trophy, Malaysia gets bronze
India, Pakistan declared joint winners of Asian Champions Trophy, Malaysia gets bronze

Rain played the spoilsport as defending champion India and its traditional arch-rival Pakistan were declared joint winners of the Asian Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament in Muscat on Sunday.

Because of thunder and incessant rain, the final game was called off declaring the two finalists as joint winners.

Earlier in the bronze medal match, Malaysia and Japan played 2-2 draw before Asian Games silver medalist Malaysia edged out Asian Games gold medalist Japan 3-2 in the penalty shootout to avenge the Jakarta defeat.

Intriguing as it may sound, the teams that played the gold medal match in Jakarta Asian games today played the bronze medal match. And the teams that played the bronze medal game in Jakarta were to play the gold medal match.

As luck would have it, India had to share the trophy with Pakistan because of the abandonment of the final game.

A brace of goals by tournament’s top scorer Faizal Sara helped Malaysia to play a 2-2 draw with Japan in the regulation period. Japan scored the first goal through Kenji Kitazato (18th minute) and the last goal (Hirotaka waker, 48th minute).

In the penalty shootout, Malaysia scored thrice against two goals by Japan to take the bronze.