DHAKA: Striker Dilpreet Singh struck a hat-trick as defending champions and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist 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.
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.
Held to a draw by Korea in their lung-opener, the Indians came out with purpose against lowly Bangladesh and controlled the proceedings in the entire first two quarters.
From the onset, India attacked constantly and in the process secured as many as eight penalty corners but could make use of just one.
Bangladesh played the waiting game and defended well with their goalkeeper Abu Nippon shinning bright in set piece situations.
Bangladesh’s stout defending could be gauged from the fact that India secured as many as eight penalty corners in the first 12 minutes but the Olympic bronze-medallists failed to breach the opponent’s backline.
Seconds later, Dilpreet finally gave India the lead with a field strike after receiving a pass from skipper Manpreet from outside the circle.
The second quarter continued in the same vein and India doubled their lead courtesy a defensive lapse from Bangladesh. —PTI