India spikes Pakistan out of Asian U-23 Volleyball C’ship to reach maiden final

NAY PYI TAW (MYANMAR): India on Saturday scripted history by booking their maiden berth in the final of the men’s Asian U-23 Volleyball Championships by beating Pakistan in the semifinals here.

By entering the final, the Indian team also qualified for the upcoming FIVB Men’s U-23 Championships.

Pakistan, who came into the match in great form, failed to capitalise on the advantage after winning the first set and conceded the next three sets to a rampaging Indians who secured a comprehensive 3-1 win in the end.

India won the match 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-18 to set up a summit clash against Chinese Taipei on Sunday.

Pakistan won the first set largely untroubled. India did run them close at various stages, bringing the score to 15-16 and 19-20 on two occasions. However, once beyond the 20-point mark, Pakistan did not give anything away to close matters quickly. (AGENCIES)