Asian Champions Trophy: Indian Hockey Team beat Bangladesh 9-0, register their first win in the tournament

Striker Dilpreet Singh’s hat-trick helped defending champions and Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist India beat hosts Bangladesh 9-0 to register their first win in the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) men’s hockey tournament on Wednesday. Dilpreet (12th, 22nd and 45th) scored three field goals for India while Jarmanpreet Singh (33rd, 43rd) scored two goals from penalty corners. Meanwhile, Lalit Upadhyay (28th) converted vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh’s flick from a penalty corner. Akashdeep Singh (54th) scored the field goal while Mandeep Mor scored his first goal for the country in the 55th minute. It was not enough that Harmanpreet also got his name inscribed in the scoresheet, he converted India’s 13th penalty corner in the 57th minute.

India, led by Manpreet Singh, playing their first tournament with some new players after a historic campaign at the Tokyo Olympics, played out a 2-2 draw with Korea in the opening match of the tournament on Tuesday. The Indian team will now take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the round robin stage on Friday. After the Korean team drew the opening match of the tournament, the Indian team came out with the intention of winning against lower-ranked Bangladesh and dominated the first two quarters. From the start, India attacked continuously and during this time also got eight penalty corners but could convert only one.

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Bangladesh’s team also put up a good defense with its goalkeeper Abu Nippo performing brilliantly to stop the opposition’s efforts. Bangladesh’s strong defense can be gauged from the fact that India secured eight penalty corners in the first 12 minutes but the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist failed to break the opponent’s backline. A few seconds later, Dilpreet gave India the lead by scoring a field goal from outside the circle to captain Manpreet. The same sequence continued in the second quarter as India doubled the lead thanks to a defensive mistake by Bangladesh. It was Bangladesh captain Ashraful Islam’s fault in which India got a free hit on a pass from inside the circle and Sumit Valmiki swiftly made it to the circle. Inside Dilpreet, who scored the second goal for the team on a reverse hit.

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India tripled the lead in the 28th minute when Lalit scored on a variation of Harmanpreet’s penalty corner. After changing the ends, India extended the lead with a goal from a penalty corner by Jarmanpreet. Jarmanpreet scored another goal on a penalty corner variation in the 43rd minute before Dilpreet scored his third goal of the day two minutes later. The match was completely one-sided in which the Indian team continued to attack Bangladesh’s goal. Akashdeep, who returned to the team after being overlooked in the Tokyo Olympic team, responded to his critics with a beautiful field goal on a reverse hit in the 54th minute. A minute later, Mandeep scored his first goal for the country and Harmanpreet scored from a penalty corner in the 57th minute to increase India’s score.


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