Sunday, 3 July, 2022

Asia Cup Hockey: Bangladesh beat Indonesia 4-2, play Pakistan on Wednesday

Bangladesh beat hosts Indonesia by 4-2 goals in a classification match to secure the 6th place in the eight-nation Hero Men's Asia Cup Hockey' 2022 at the GBK Hockey Field in Jakarta Sunday afternoon.

This was the 4th consecutive win for Bangladesh against Indonesia in last two months.

Bangladesh beat Indonesia 7-2 in the AHF Cup Hockey in Jakarta last March,  again defeated Indonesia 3-1 in the Asian Games Hockey Qualifier in Bangkok early this month and beat Indonesia last by 2-1 goals in a  preparatory match ahead of the ongoing Hero Men's Asia Cup Hockey' 2022. 

Bangladesh will now battle for the dream 5th place against their sub-continental world giant and three times Asia Cup champions Pakistan in a place deciding classification match on Wednesday (June 1) at 12:30 pm Bangladesh time.

In the day' s match, forward Rashel Mahmud Jimmy, Ashraful Islam, Deen Mohammad Emon and Pushkar Khisa Mimo scored for Bangladesh while Al Akbar Abdullah and Ardam scored one  each for the hosts Indonesia.

Rashel put Bangladesh ahead in the 13th minute by a brilliant hit to open box after beating opponent custodian, from a counter attack (1-0).

Al Akbar levelled the margin scoring the first goal for Indonesia in the ongoing Asia Cup Hockey by a cool hit from a goalmouth melee in the 20th minute (1-1).

Just few seconds later, Ashraful scored the 2nd goal for Bangladesh from a penalty corner (2-1).

Deen Mohammad further widened the Bangladesh margin scoring a field goal in the 24th minute by a good deflection (3-1).

Ardam made the match exciting scoring the 2nd goal for Indonesia in 36th minute, also from a penalty corner (3-2).

Pushkar  sealed the fate of the match scoring a field goal for Bangladesh from a close range,  just one minute before the final whistle (4-2).

Earlier, Bangladesh finished 3rd in the four-team Pool B of the tournament securing three points from three matches after beating their traditional rivals Oman by 2-1 goals.

Pakistan, which finished 3rd in the four-team Pool A of the Asia Cup, entered the fight for the 5th place beating Pool B bottom team Oman by 5-2  at the same venue last Saturday.