India: Indian Men’s Hockey Team start with stunning 15-1 win over Bangladesh in tournament opener

~ Mohammed Raheel, Mandeep Mor, Dipsan Tirkey, Maninder Singh, Gurjot Singh, Sukhvinder, and Pawan Rajbhar scored for India in the match ~



Oman, 29th August, 2023: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team began their campaign at the Men’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier with a solid 15-1 win over Bangladesh in Salalah, Oman, on Tuesday. For India, Maninder Singh (10′, 18′, 28′, 30′), Mohammed Raheel (2′, 15′, 24′), Sukhvinder (13′, 22′), Gurjot Singh (13′, 23′), Pawan Rajbhar (19′, 26′), Mandeep Mor (8′), and Dipsan Tirkey (9′) were on target. For Bangladesh, Sawon Sarowar (2′) scored the sole goal.  


India started the match on the front foot, making a dangerous move straight away and allowing Pawan Rajbhar to make a penetrating run. But Bangladesh made the save and caught India on the counter-attack and Sawon Sarowar (2′) scored the first goal in the match for Bangladesh. Mohammed Raheel (2′) brought India back to level terms straightaway with a powerful shot of his own. After the initial flurry of attacks, both India and Bangladesh started playing cautiously to avoid early goals.


But the hold was broken by Indian skipper Mandeep Mor (8′), who struck a stunning goal in the 8th minute to put India in the lead. With goals from Dipsan Tirkey (9′) and Maninder Singh (10′), India extended their lead to 4-1 in the next couple of minutes. A stunning save from goalkeeper Suraj Karkera led to an Indian counter-attack and Gurjot Singh (13′) made the most of it, scoring another goal. Goals from Sukhvinder (13′) and Mohammed Raheel (15′) closed out the first half with India leading by 7-1.


India began the second half with another attack from the right flank and Maninder Singh (18′) struck the back of the nets to continue the goalfest for India. Less than a minute later, Pawan Rajbhar (19’) put his name on the scoresheet with the ninth goal for India. Maintaining possession, India pressed deeper in Bangladesh’s half, and Sukhvinder (22′) took India’s goal tally to double figures with a shot from near the halfway mark.


A minute later, Gurjot Singh (23′) struck the back of the nets once again as India further extended their lead. A reverse hit from Mohammed Raheel (24′) completed his hat-trick two minutes later as India continued to give no respite to the opposition’s defence. Pawan Rajbhar (26′) scored the back of the nets again to score his second goal of the match. With two minutes left on the clock, Maninder Singh (28′, 30′) completed his hat-trick, and scored another goal at the stroke of final whistle, to help India secure a dominant 15-1 win.


India will next face off against Oman at 1530 hrs IST and Pakistan at 2030 hrs IST on Wednesday, 30th August.





On 30th August 2023, India vs Oman at 1530 hrs IST


On 30th August 2023, Pakistan vs India at 2030 hrs IST


On 31st August 2023, Malaysia vs India at 1430 hrs IST


On 31st August 2023, India vs Japan at 1930 hrs IST

By Hockey India

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