https://t.co/R5blUTNrm9 — TOI Sports (@toisports) October 13, 2017Gurjant Singh gave the visitor the lead in the seventh minute, placing the ball into the net following a cross from Uthappa Sannuvanda. Akashdeep doubled the lead in the 11th minute beating Nippon from a goal-mouth scramble. Lalit Upadhyay extended the lead two minutes later hitting the backboard following a short pass from Akashdeep. India earned their first penalty corner in the 14th minute. They earned a total of 14 penalty corners throughout the game but managed to convert only two of them. Amit Rohidas extended the lead to 4-0 in the 20th minute, connecting home a hit from Gurjant from the left side. Bangladesh conceded four consecutive penalty corners in the 22nd minute but managed to protect the post on all occasions. Bangladesh had their first real chance in the 23rd minute when captain Russel Mahmud Jimmy failed to control the ball at the middle of the d-box after being set up by Arshad Hossain. Harmanpreet Singh scored from the first penalty stroke of the game in the 28th minute.
India earned three more penalty corners within three minutes into the third quarter and consequently missed all of them. Bangladesh put up an improved performance in the third quarter conceding no goals. The fourth and final quarter started with Ramandeep Singh scoring within a minute from a penalty corner. It was India's first goal from nine penalty corners. They got three more PCs within a minute as Harmanpreet scored his second from their 12th penalty corner to make the scoreline 7-0. "I think it was a much improved performance than the previous match. In the first match, we accepted defeat before the game ended but [yesterday] we fought against India throughout the game. If that wasn’t the case, we could have conceded more goals. They managed to score only two from 14 PCs which I think is a positive aspect of the team," said Jimmy after the match. Pakistan, Japan share spoils Meanwhile in the other game of the day at the same venue, Pakistan and Japan played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in their second Pool A match.
Well done Pakistan on the 2-2 draw against Japan in the Hockey Asia Cup. Japan are much improved now. We go again vs India. #AsiaCup2017— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) October 13, 2017