India maul minnows Bangladesh 7-0 in Asia Cup Hockey Meet

Vastavam web: Favourites India produced yet another clinical performance to maul minnows Bangladesh 7-0, registering their second consecutive win at the men’s Asia Cup hockey tournament, here Friday.Ranked 6th in the world, Indians were no match for their less-fancied rivals as they controlled the proceedings from start to finish en route their emphatic win.
Gurjant Singh (7th minute), Akashdeep Singh (10th), Lalit Upadhyay (13th), Amit Rohidas (20th), Harmanpreet Singh (28th, 47th) and Ramandeep Singh (46th) were the goal scorers for India in the Pool A encounter.But one thing which might be a cause of concern for chief coach Sjoerd Marije is India’s penalty corner conversion rate.India secured as many as 13 short corners in the entire four quarters but could make use of just two.But in the seventh minute, Gurjant deflected in a Amit Rohidas pass to give India the lead.
Akashdeep then made it 2-0 when he pushed into the net a Sunil pass three minutes later.Three minutes later, Lalit Upadhyay made it 3-0 in favour of India, when he slotted home after being set by Akashdeep.Rohidas, lurking insde the D, then made it 4-0 when he deflected in Gurjant’s cross from the right flank.
Soon after the resumption of play, India got three more penalty corners but as has been the order of the day, failed to utilise the opportunities as Bangladesh produced a much better account of themsleves in the third quarter.Two minutes minute into the final quarter, Ramandeep scored with a variation from India’s ninth penalty corner to make the scoreline 6-0.The Indians secured four more penalty corners soon, the third of which was converted by Harmanpreet with a powerful high flick to the top right corner of Bangaldesh goal.