India and Pakistan, the two hockey teams will clash against each other at the high-voltage Champions Trophy semi-final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar today.
Last time the hockey teams met on Indian soil was in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, when India won 7-4. The match also holds significance for Bhubaneswar, which was off the international sports map for years.
It was a mad rush at ticket counters on Friday to purchase tickets for the India-Pakistan hockey semi-final in the Odisha’s capital tomorrow with fans expressing their keenness to watch the marquee match between the two arch-rivals.
The match will begin at 7.30 pm and will played for an hour.
“Recently we played against Pakistan in the Asian games. The way Pakistan performed in the quarter-finals against the Netherlands, shows that it is going to be tough for us,” Roelant Oltmans, Indian team coach said Friday.
Against Belgium, the Indian team came back to win the match 4-2. Now the hopes of millions of Indians is rising sky high , even the staunch critics of Indian hockey look forward to a thumping victory over Pakistan.
A capacity crowd is expected at the stadium as all tickets have been sold out long before the commencement of the match.