Jakarta: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team secured their berth in the Semi-Finals of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang as they registered an emphatic 20-0 victory over Sri Lanka in their fifth and last Pool A encounter here at the Gelora Bung Karno Hockey Field today.
India’s striker Akashdeep Singh (10’, 11’, 18’, 23’, 33’, 43’) scored six times for the World No. 5 team while Rupinder Pal Singh (2’, 52’, 53’), Harmanpreet Singh (6’, 22’, 33’), Mandeep Singh (36’, 44’, 59’), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (58’,59’), VivekSagar Prasad (32’), Amit Rohidas (30’) and Dilpreet Singh (2’) also scored for the Indian team.
Youngster Vivek Sagar Prasad also registered his name on the score-sheet in the 32nd minute as he produced a slick deflection off Akashdeep Singh’s quick pass in front of the Sri Lankan goal.
India scored their ninth goal of the match in the same minute as Akashdeep Singh turned scorer this time, flicking LalitUpadhyay’s pass past the Sri Lankan Goalkeeper.
India’s constant attacking play saw them add a 10th goal in the 33rd minute as Harmanpreet Singh completed his hat-trick with a well-executed PC.
Mandeep Singh also joined the scoring as he positioned himself in front of goal to cleverly deflect Harmanpreet Singh’s drag-flick into the Sri Lankan goal. The 38th minute saw Amit Rohidas score from a Penalty Corner as his vicious shot couldn’t be stopped by the Sri Lankan Goalkeeper.
The World No. 5 team displayed their dominance as they scored two more goals in the third quarter which were scored by Akashdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh respectively.
The closing stages of the match saw India score three goals in two minutes as LalitKumar Upadhyay scored the 18th and 19th goals for the World No. 5 team while Mandeep Singh completed his hat-trick of goals as he scored India’s 20th goal in the 59th minute.
The result secured Indian Men’s Hockey Team’s berth in the Semi-Final match of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 which will take place on Thursday, 30th August 2018.
The Indian Women’s Hockey Team will also be in action in their Semi-Final match of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 as they take on China on Wednesday, 29th August 2018 at 18.30hrs IST.