"It was an electrifying contest and produced a good result," said van Ass, for whom this was the first time he was involved with an India-Pakistan encounter that had the biggest audience in international hockey.
Ramandeep Sigh scored two outstanding field goals in the 13th and 39th minutes for India, while both goals for Pakistan came from captain Muhammad Imran, who first converted a penalty stroke in the 28th and then sent a rising drag-flick into the net in 37th.
India were threatening to score a late match-winner in the dying stages when they had three cracks at the Pakistan goal, but were erratic in their marksmanship. Ramandeep came close to capping his fine day with a hat-trick but sent a misdirected shot wide in the penultimate minute.
"I'm very happy to see Ramandeep produce the goals today. I think the draw was fair result as India had an edge in the first and fourth quarters, while Pakistan enjoyed an edge in the second and third quarters," said van Ass.
Van Ass, the former Dutch coach who recently took over as the Indian team, said his wards are shaping well. It was his confidence in the young players that allowed him to again keep penalty corner specialist Rupinder Pal Singh on the sidelines.
Rupinder, who was injured in the practice matches here ahead of the tournament, has not played in all the three matches. This has reduced the potency of India's penalty corner execution.
"I think the boys are doing well, and that was out target for this tournament," said van Ass, who has the luxury of India having already earned a passage to the 2016 Olympics after winning the Asian Games in Incheon last year.

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