2023 Asian Games: Indian men’s hockey team defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh to enter the semi-finals.

2023 Asian Games: For India, captain Harmanpreet (second, fourth and 32nd minutes) and Mandeep Singh (18th, 24th and 46th minutes) scored three goals each. Whereas Abhishek (41st and 57th) scored two goals while…

With the help of hat-tricks from captain Harmanpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh, the Indian men’s hockey team defeated Bangladesh 12-0 in the Pool A match to top the pool and enter the semi-finals. The Indian team scored 58 goals in five matches of the pool stage and conceded only five goals. Earlier, the Indian team had defeated Uzbekistan 16-0, Singapore 16-1, Pakistan 10-2 and Japan 4-2.

For India, captain Harmanpreet (second, fourth and 32nd minutes) and Mandeep Singh (18th, 24th and 46th minutes) scored three goals each. Abhishek (41st and 57th) scored two goals, while Amit Rohidas (28th), Lalit Upadhyay (23rd), Gurjant Singh (56th) and Neelkant Sharma (47th) scored one goal each. Bangladesh team could not attack the Indian goal and once again the Indian goalkeeper remained a silent spectator.

India will now face the second-placed team from Pool B in the semi-finals on October 4. India converted a penalty corner and also scored a field goal. India scored seven field goals and converted five of its 11 penalty corners. India continued to attack throughout the match and scored six goals each in each half.

Harmanpreet gave India the lead through a penalty corner in the second minute. The captain scored another penalty corner two minutes later. Young Abhishek and Mandeep together scored field goals. Abhishek also helped Mandeep and Lalit score goals. This was India’s third penalty corner. Harmanpreet’s effort was blocked by Bangladesh goalkeeper Mohammad Noyon but Mandeep scored on the rebound.

Rohidas converted the penalty corner to give India a 6-0 lead. India got another penalty corner in the second half. Harmanpreet completed her hat-trick by converting a penalty corner. Abhishek then scored with a reverse hit, while Mandeep and Abhishek gave India a 9-0 lead. Neelkanth scored on the rebound after a minute. Gurjant and Abhishek scored two more goals in the last five minutes to ensure India’s 12–0 victory.