INDIA HIT DOUBLE FIGURES AGAINST SRI LANKA

Friday, 04 May 2012 17:16

India showed no mercy as they trashed Sri Lanka 11-0 in their opening match of the 7thJunior Asia Cup played at the MBM Hockey Stadium in Malacca Malaysia this evening.

India took only three minutes to open scoring through skipper Akashdeep Singh who deflected in a cross from the right.

And three minutes later it was 2-0 for India as Amit Rohidass sent in a powerful flick into the roof of the net from a penalty corner, giving Sri Lankan keeper Nuwan Premathilaka no chance at all.

With the two goals in the bag, India started playing free flow hockey, gaining another penalty corner in the 11th minute. But Amit did not capitalize.

Another penalty corner in the 18th minute was also wasted by India and that gave the Sri Lanka players some measure of confidence.

Sri Lanka had only one player upfront, Rathanayake Mudyanaselage Anjana as the rest were confined to their 25 yard line, defending as if their lives depended on it.

But there was no denying India the third goal as Satbir Singh scored in the 21st minute, a gap of 15 minutes from their second goal, not reflective of the total domination of the match.

The floodgates then opened as India scored at regular intervals through Malak Singh ( 27th minute), Satbir ( 29th minute) and Pulyanda Lokesh Thimmana (34th minute) for a 6-0 lead at halftime.

Malak completed his hattrick by scoring India’s seventh and eight goals in the 39th and 44th minutes respectively and it was a question of just how many goals will appease India.

With Mor Pardeep and Harjeet Singh combing well to slice open the Sri Lanka defence, the ball never left the half-line as India piled the pressure in search of more goals.

Pulyanda then scored his second and India’s ninth in the 51st minute and it brought a despair look on the faces of the Sri Lanka players as the looked at the scoreboard and clock that showed they were 9-0 down with 19 minutes still remaining.

India hit double figures as skipper Akshdeep scored his second in the 62nd minute with Prabhdeep Singh making it 11-0 in the 67th minute.

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