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India and Pakistan keep hope alive in Asian qualification tournament for 2014 World Champs

The host crowd were disappointed with Sri Lanka's loss to Pakistan on Thursday

Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 4, 2003 – India stormed past the Maldives in straight sets for their second victory in the AVC Central Zone Pool 2 men’s Qualification Tournament for the 2014 Volleyball World Championship. In the second match on Thursday Pakistan struggled hard to beat host Sri Lanka in five sets at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.

India, who defeated Pakistan on the opening day, came out strongly in the match against the Maldives, winning in straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-12) in only 55 minutes. The overall skills of the Indian team – serve, block and attack – proved to be too much for Maldives.

India held a 36-19 advantage in attacking and out-blocked the Maldives 8-1. The winners made only 20 errors compared with 29 by the Maldives.

Pakistan got a crucial win, by holding off a battling Sri Lanka to win a thrilling tie-breaker to keep their hopes of booking a ticket to the final round alive. Pakistan rallied from a 1-2 set deficit to beat the host 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 17-25, 25-17, 15-12). 

Four players scored in double figures. Ahmed Nasser’s 13 points topped the list of scores for the winners, followed closely by Rasool Mohib and Khan Nasir both with 12 points, and Ali Abbas with 11 points.

Pakistan maintained a 17-7 margin in blocks and led 5-2 in aces, finishing the match with 29 errors to 30 by the beaten squad. But Sri Lanka out played their rival in spiking with a score of 55-52.

If Pakistan beat their last opponents the Maldives, they will earn seven points, ensuring their berth in the final round. India, with six points in hand, and Sri Lanka with four points so far, will fight for the other ticket.


Thursday’s results


Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka

3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 17-25, 25-17, 15-12)

India vs. Maldives 

3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-12)


Match schedule


Friday, July 5


Pakistan vs. Maldives

Sri Lanka vs. India


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