Dhaka: Striker Dilpreet Singh slammed a hat-trick as defending champions and Olympic bronze-medallists India thrashed hosts Bangladesh 9-0 to register their first win in the Asian Champions Trophy men’s hockey tournament here on Wednesday.
Dilpreet (12th, 22nd and 45th) scored three field goals for India, while Jarmanpreet Singh (33rd, 43rd) struck a brace from penalty corners situations.
In between Lalit Upadhayay (28th) deflected in a variation from vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh’s flick from a penalty corner.
Akashdeep Singh (54th) also found the net from a field effort before Mandeep Mor scored his debut goal for the country from a set piece in the 55th minute.
Continuing his brilliant run at #BWFWorldChampionships2021 with precision & aggression @PRANNOYHSPRI registered another win. He beat __’s Liew Daren 21-7, 21-17 in the R32 and moved into the pre quarters _
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) December 15, 2021
If that was not enough, Harmanpreet also put his name on the score-sheet, perfectly converting India’s 13th penalty corner in the 57th minute.
Playing their first tournament with some new players after the historic Tokyo Olympics campaign, the Manpreet Singh-led India had earlier drawn 2-2 against Korea in their tournament-opener on Tuesday.
India will next play arch-rivals Pakistan in the round-robin stage here on Friday.