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Bangladesh make dismal start

India down Japan in the opener

Sports Correspondent     12 October, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh make dismal start

Players of Bangladesh and Pakistan teams in action during their Hero 10th Men’s Asia Cup Pool-A match at Maulana Bhashani Stadium on Wednesday in the capital. Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 7-0.-reaz ahmed sumon

Hosts Bangladesh made dismal start in the eight-team Hero10th Men's Asia Cup as they were outplayed by Pakistan in their Pool-A match.


Pakistan netted 7 goals while Bangladesh score none in their first encounter of the tournament.

Pakistan took the lead of the match on the 18th minute with their first goal from Mahmud Abu at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in the capital.

They scored three goals in the third quarter and three more in the last quarter to seal the fate of the match.

Bangladesh failed to score any consolation goal as they left the field with a scoreline of 7-0.

Two time-champions India got off to a flying start defeating Japan by 5-1 goals in the tournament opener in their pool-A match. The match kicked off at 3:00pm.

Sunil Sowmarpet put India ahead in the third minute of the match by a through pass of Satbir Singh. Sunil made close-ranged flick from right flank to deceive the opponent goalie to score the first goal of the tourney.

Japan leveled the score by a field goal from Kenji Kitazato in the next minute. He hit a stroke from goalmouth melee to end the 1st quarter.

India again took the lead in the 23rd minute as man of the match Lalit Upadhaya scored a field goal with a reverse hit from inside of the d box and made scoreline 2-1.

Ramandeep Singh extended the lead for India with a field goal in the 32nd minute connecting a through pass of Sunil Sowmarpet to take good stroke from the right side of the d-box (3-1).

Harmanpreet Singh scored a penalty corner goal in the 35th minute for India. Ramandeep Singh took the penalty stroke which stopped by captain Manpreet Singh before the final touch by Harmanpreet (4-1). Harmanpreet Singh again scored a penalty corner goal with the same combination of his 1st PC, in the 48th minute for India.

Earlier on the day, Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, Chief Executive of the Asian Hockey Federation Tayyab Ikarm and Bangladesh Hockey Federation President Air Marshall Abu Esar were introduced with both sides' players before the start of the game.