Asian Games: Pakistan beat India to clinch fifth place in volleyball

The Green Shirts won in straight sets

September 26, 2023
Pakistan volleyball team in action. - AVC

KARACHI: Pakistan volleyball team defeated India in straight sets to clinch fifth place during the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

The scoreline of Pakistan’s victory was 25-21, 25-20 and 25-23.

Pakistan dominated proceedings throughout the match and registered a comprehensive victory over their arch-rivals.

Earlier, in a thrilling quarter-final match, Qatar emerged victorious against Pakistan.

The clash saw the 51st-ranked Pakistan team going up against the 17th-ranked Qatar side.

The match began with Pakistan displaying a strong performance right from the first set. At one point, Pakistan held a five-point lead, but Qatar mounted a remarkable comeback, overcoming deficits of 20-15 and 24-22 to snatch the first set from Pakistan. However, Qatar was unable to maintain their momentum.

In the third set, Pakistan dominated Qatar right from the start. Unfortunately for Pakistan, in the fourth set, Qatar didn't leave any room for a comeback and clinched the victory. The final score of Qatar's triumph over Pakistan stood at 24-26, 19-25, 25-23, and 18-25.

Remember, the Men in Green beat South Korea 3-0 to reach the quarter-final with the scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-21.

Pakistan also cemented their place in the top six teams with their win over South Korea.

This was the first time since the 1990 Asian Games that a Pakistani side has confirmed their place in the top five.

Earlier, Pakistan topped group B by registering remarkable wins over considerably weak Chinese Taipei and Mongolia sides.

The Green Shirts beat Chinese Taipei in straight sets, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19.

Meanwhile, against Mongolia, their winning scores were 25-17, 25-19 and 25-20.

Pakistan’s biggest achievement in the Asian Games volleyball history is their third-place finish in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games. In the last Asian Games held in Indonesia in 2018, Pakistan finished eighth. 

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.