Hockey Series: India win Opener vs Bangladesh

Gurjinder Singh stars in India's narrow 2-1 win in Dhaka.

Updated: August 06, 2014 19:47 IST
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Gurjinder Singh scored a quick equaliser after Bangladesh had taken the lead vs India in their opening hockey match.


Indian men beat Bangladesh 2-1 in the opening match of the three-match series in Dhaka on Wednesday. Bangladesh made a dominating start and scored the first goal through Farhad Ahmed Fhitul in the 30th minute. India bounced back quickly with two goals in five minutes.

Indian defender Gurjinder Singh made it 1-1 in the 32nd minute and mid-fielder Harjeet Singh made it 2-1 in the 34th minute by converting a penalty corner. Gurjinder received the Man of the Match award.

Speaking on the win, coach Tushar Khandker said, "Many players in the team are playing their first international match. This series will prepare them for the upcoming Asian Games. The players are getting exposed to various techniques and training on tackling the ball in different situations during the game. The team has much more potential than what they have shown today and we expect even better results in the remaining matches."

India will play their second match on Friday afternoon.

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