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Hockey: India aim to outplay Bangladesh in Asia Cup

Hockey: India aim to outplay Bangladesh in Asia Cup

After a comprehensive 7-0 win over host Bangladesh in their opening match in the 10th Hockey Asia Cup, Pakistan will now face Japan today (Friday) at Dhaka's Maulana Bhashani Stadium.

After the termination of Roelant Oltmans' contract, many thought that new coach Sjoerd Marijne would find it a bit hard initially to find the right chemistry from the team.

When will the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup hockey match be played? Though we got a good start, we did not do well in certain areas.

The tournament will also witness the return of seasoned pros like former skipper Sardar Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Satbir Singh and SV Sunil, who has been named the vice-captain.

"As a coach, I am always critical so I have to say I am not 100 per cent happy with how we played".

The match against Japan saw India's experienced Sardar Singh play a role as freeman defender. Against Bangladesh, India earned 13 penalty corners and converted just two with the first goal coming on the ninth attempt.

"I don't think our penalty corner conversation is bad. I believe we can do better, but this was our first match and now that the team is done with shaking off initial jitters, I think we can focus on improved performance in the next game", he said. Harmanpreet made no mistake in converting it and take India's lead to a formidable 5-0. He is accurate with his long passes and he can guide the team in the front.

France are the 14th team to achieve men's World Cup qualification, joining hosts India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan and Spain at the 16-nation event.

Back then India had emerged triumphant by a whooping 6-1 margin, if India's start to Asia Cup is any indication then another thrashing is on the cards.

For Manpreet and India, the Asia Cup is a chance to assert their supremacy in the continent.


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