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Dominant India thrash Japan to win the opener in Asia Cup hockey

India made a winning start in the Hero Asia Cup 2017 as the two-time champion outplayed Japan 5-1 in the event’s inaugural game at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka. Harmanpreet Singh scored twice, while SV Sunil, Lalit Upadhyay and Ramandeep Singh scored a goal each t give India a thumping victory.

The opening match of Pool A also marked the return of Asia’s biggest hockey event to Dhaka after a span of 32 years. India’s first goal game in the 3rd as a result of a counter initiated by Akashdeep Singh. He played a forward pass to SV Sunil, who then went past the goalkeeper before scoring. But India’s delight lasted for only a minute when Kenji Kitazato cancelled the lead from a counter-attack.

Both the teams looked threatening in the second quarter, trying to take the lead in the match. In the 23rd minute, Lalit Upadhyay put India ahead again with a reverse hit.

The third quarter went India’s way as they scored in the 32nd minute. This time Ramandeep Singh extended the lead  when his drive from the right-side deflected off Japan defender Genki Mitani before hitting the back of the net.

The Indian team then won a penalty corner in the 35th minute which was converted by drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh to make it 4-1. Harmanpreet completed the rout in the 48th minute from another penalty corner.

India will play Bangladesh in their next Pool A match on Friday.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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