ISLAMABAD - Goal keeper Imran Shah was the hero as put up a brave show to deny arch-rivals India what would be an easy victory and helped Pakistan to earn a 1-1 draw in a crucial International Super Series match on Friday at Perth Hockey Stadium, Western Australia. Australia's men's and women hockey teams had already qualified for the finals to be played on Sunday. Playing first time of new format, new rules, including nine players per side, bigger goals and only 15 minutes per halves, the arch-rivals looked aggressive right from the start of the match with Pakistan leading the charge in the first half and keeping Indians defenders on their toes throughout the first half. Experienced Wasim Ahmad put Pakistan in front in the 12th minute with a powerful strike at the opponents goal but this lead was very short lived as Ravi Pal levelled the game with an equally spectacular reverse hit from the edge of the 15 yards circle. Imran came up with spectacular performance and denied Indians numerous clear-cut goal scoring opportunities with his brilliant saves to keep his side in the match. Green shirts got two penalty corner in 26th and 30th minute but missed the chance to take decisive lead, especially Waseem disappointed the spectators and the whole team as he missed a very crucial penalty stroke in 27th minute as Indian captain and goalkeeper Bharat Chetri saved the stroke. That was the major factor for the green shirts to settle for a point each after a hard fought draw. In fact Pakistan could have won this match with at least two goals difference had they managed to take all their goal scoring opportunities. Khawaja Junaid, while talking exclusively with this scribe said that young players had made some mistakes and most important factor behind this draw was the crucial miss of the plenty stroke by Waseem. He was full of praise for the young and upcoming young stopper Imran and said that Pakistan have got a real class act after a very long time and he was the difference between Pakistan's draw otherwise Indians could have well beaten us . Answering a question regarding the crucial today's match against New Zealand, he said taht this match was of very significance for us and we will play this match as a final as a victory against them will almost ensure our safe passage to the finals as India still have to play against a strong Aussie side and anything less than a victory against the Kiwis will almost all but end our hopes of making it to the finals. Meanwhile Australia thrash New Zealand 7-1 to book a place in the Sunday's final. Following last night's 3-2 victory over Pakistan, the Kookaburras made the most of the new rules to showcase their skills and stamp their authority as number 1 hockey team in the world. In the women's category, Australia will meet India in the final on Sunday after defeating Malaysia 2-0.