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India hammer Russia in opener

PTI
Published Jun 7, 2019, 2:24 am IST
Updated Jun 7, 2019, 2:24 am IST
It took world no. 5 India 13 minutes to break the deadlock when Nilkanta deflected in Akshdeep Singh’s push from top of the D.
Hockey India tweeted this photo of Simranjeet Singh (right) celebrating after scoring for India against Russia in the men’s FIH Series Finals in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
 Hockey India tweeted this photo of Simranjeet Singh (right) celebrating after scoring for India against Russia in the men’s FIH Series Finals in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

Bhubaneswar: Favourites India demolished hapless Russia 10-0 in their opening match of the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament to start their 2020 Olympics qualification campaign on a rousing note here Thursday.

Dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh (32nd, 48th) and striker Akashdeep Singh (41st, 55th minutes) scored a brace each for India, while Nilkanata Sharma (13th), Simranjeet Singh (19th), Amit Rohidas (20th), Varun Kumar (33rd), Gursahibjit Singh (38th) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (45th) were the other goal-getters for the home team in the lop-sided Pool B encounter.

 

Even though their goal was never threatened once in the first two quarters, the Indians were slow to get off the blocks, especially against a side which is ranked 22nd in the world. The Indian forwardline looked a little complacent in the first half as it failed to finish off the moves on quite a few occasions.

But still it was one-way traffic as India controlled the proceedings from the word go. As early as the third minute, India earned back-to-back penalty corners but both went in vain with Harmanpreet striking the top upright of the Russian goal in the second effort.

It took world no. 5 India 13 minutes to break the deadlock when Nilkanta deflected in Akshdeep Singh’s push from top of the D.

In other matches, USA stunned higher-ranked South Africa 2-0 while Poland thrashed Uzbekistan 4-0.

India will play Poland in their second pool match on Friday.    

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Location: India, Odisha, Bhubaneswar


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