Tuesday, 29 November 2022

India thrashed Indonesia by 16-0 in Hockey Asia cup

India thrashed Indonesia by 16-0 in the Hockey Asia cup

Indian hockey team scored six goals in the final quarter for a crushing 16-0 victory against Indonesia, which took the holders into the knockout stage of the Asia Cup but shut down the World Cup chance of Pakistan on Thursday in Jakarta.

India needed to win the Pool A match by at least a 15-0 margin to qualify for super 4s, and the young players of the side delivered under pressure. Both Pakistan and India finished in Pool A behind Japan on four points, but the defending champions qualified for Super 4s due to the superior goal difference (1). Pakistan had lost to Japan by 2-3 earlier in the day.

The result pushed Pakistan out of the tournament and crashed their chance of World Cup qualification as long as only the top three teams here will be given tickets for the super 4s.

India, being the hosts, India will play the World Cup later in the year, and hence Hockey India decided to send youth players to this tournament for more exposure.

Dipsan Tirkey smashed five goals, and Sudev Belimagga put three goals shared eight goals, playing a vital role in the team's great win.

Veteran SV Sunil, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, and Karthi Selvam scored a brace each, while Uttam Singh and Pawan Rajbhar were the other goal-getters for India.

With odds against them, the India team started attacking and had the first goal in the seventh minute, but Uttam Singh, who had the only to beat the goalkeeper, pushed wide Maninder Singh's feed.

In the 10th minute, Pawan Rajbhar broke the shackles with a powerful shot from the top of the circle.

India thrashed Indonesia by 16 0 in Hockey Asia cup 1Twitter image: @TheHockeyIndia

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Pawan Rajbhar doubled India's lead a minute through a rebound from the first penalty corner.

A minute from the first quarter, India broadened their lead through Uttam Singh, who was at the correct place at the right time to tap home a goal.

India continued their attacking intent and secured another penalty corner in 19th minute, from which Sunil scored after they recovered from a miss-stop.

After the Indians gained back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which was converted by Nilam Sanjeep Xess to make the scoreline 5-0.

In the 24th minute, Sunil deflected Karthi Selvam's pass from the near post to make it 6-0.

After the change of ends, Uttam missed another chance as she shot wide from close range with only the Indonesian goalie to beat.

India gained their seventh penalty corner, but Junius Rumaropen made a double save.

In the 40th minute, Selvam came in after he was set by a brilliant Pawan, who dodged past three-four Indonesian defenders with his stick work and intense play.

India obtained three consecutive penalty corners, and Dipsan Tirkey scored from the last to keep the team's hopes alive.

Dipsan Tirkey scored his second from a penalty stroke in the 42nd minute of the match.

The Indians guide two more penalty corners, but on both occasions, Dipsan faltered.

Belimagga scored two goals in two minutes before Dipsan completed his hat-trick by converting India's 14th penalty corner to 12-0.

After that, the Indians earned a handful of penalty corners, but the chances went unnoticed.

Dipsan Tirkey converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute before Sudev scored from a rebound from another set-piece, five minutes from the hooter.

Desperate for goals, the Indians attacked with numbers, and their ploy bore fruit when Karthi Selvam scored from a field effort. Dipsan Tirkey converted two more penalty corners in the game's final minute to extend India's stay in the tournament.

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