IND vs BAN Asian Hockey Champions Trophy: India beat Bangladesh 9-0 with Dilpreet’s hat-trick

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IND vs BAN Asian Hockey Champions Trophy Dilpreet Singh hat-trick helps India beat Bangladesh 9-0

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  • India beat host Bangladesh 9-0 to record their first victory in the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) men’s hockey tournament.
  • The hero of this victory was Dilpreet who scored 3 goals.
  • India played the first match of the tournament in a draw against Korea.

Dhaka. Striker Dilpreet Singh’s treble helped defending champions and Olympic bronze medalist India beat host Bangladesh 9-0 to record their first victory in the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) men’s hockey tournament here on Wednesday. Dilpreet (12th, 22nd and 45th) scored three field goals for India, while Jarmanpreet Singh (33rd, 43rd) scored two penalty corner goals. Meanwhile, Lalit Upadhyay (28th) converted a penalty corner kick from Vice Captain Harmanpreet Singh.

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 managed to get his name on the scoresheet, turning India’s 13th penalty corner into the 57th minute. India, led by Manpreet Singh, playing its first tournament with some new players after a historic campaign at the Tokyo Olympics, drew 2-2 with Korea in the opening match of the tournament on Tuesday. The Indian team will now face archrival Pakistan in the free-for-all stage on Friday.

After the Korean team tied in the opening match of the tournament, India came out intending to win against the lowest ranked Bangladesh and dominated the first two quarters. From the start, India kept attacking and also got eight penalty corners, but was only able to convert one. The Bangladesh team also made good defense with their goalkeeper Abu Nippo playing brilliantly to stop the opposition’s efforts.

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Bangladesh’s strong defense can be measured by the fact that India secured eight penalty corners in the first 12 minutes, but the Olympic bronze medalist from Tokyo was unable to break the opponent’s baseline. 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 error by Bangladesh. It was the fault of Bangladesh captain Ashraful Islam, as India landed a free kick on a pass from inside the circle and Sumit Valmiki quickly brought it inside the circle to Dilpreet, who scored the team’s second goal on a reverse hit. India tripled the lead in the 28th minute when Lalit scored on a variation of Harmanpreet’s penalty corner. After swapping the wingers, India extended the lead with a penalty corner goal from Jarmanpreet.

Jarmanpreet scored another goal on a penalty corner variation in the 43rd minute before Dilpreet scored her third goal of the day two minutes later. The match was completely one-sided in which the Indian team continued to attack the Bangladesh goal. Akashdeep, who returned to the side after being overlooked in the Tokyo Olympic team, responded to their criticism with a beautiful field goal on a 54 minute backhand. 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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