Asian Champions Trophy: India pulverise Oman 11-0

Rupinder and Raghunath – the two PC experts – grabbed a brace each against Oman.

India swamped Oman 11-0 to chalk up their straight win in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament at the Al-Rayyan Stadium in Doha on Sunday.

The blue shirts, who took the pitch without skipper Sardar Singh (down with a leg injury) assumed control over the match from the outset, scoring in the 3rd minute through SV Sunil, who was carrying an ankle injury going into the Sunday’s face-off.

Dharamvir Singh, who was also doubtful for the match with a shoulder injury, doubled the lead in the 8th minute.

India earned their first penalty corner in the 29th minute and vice captain Vokkaliga Raghunath fired home the third goal, in the process scoring his fifth goal of the tournament.

Rupinder Pal Singh slamming home the second penalty corner in the 33rd minute as India went into half-time with a 4-0 cushion.

Raghunath maintained India’s hundred percent record in penalty corners, scoring India’s fifth goal in the 38th minute before his drag-flicker team-mate Rupinder made it 6-0 for India, making it four out of four PC conversions.

India went up 7-0 in the 44th minute when SV Sunil scored his second goal of the match.

India earned their fifth PC in the 51st minute but they failed to profit from it.

The disappointment of not converting that penalty corner was atoned for by rookie Akashdeep Singh, who netted India’s eighth goal a minute later.

Dharamvir added another to his tally, registering India’s ninth goal in the 56th minute.

India failed to make the most of their sixth penalty corner in the 63rd minute but newbie Harbir Singh converted the seventh short corner to make it 10-0 for India.

Two minutes later, Danish Mujtaba etched his name on the scoresheet, scoring India’s 11th goal after capitalizing on a pass from Pradhan Sommanna.

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