Indian colts blank Singapore 10-0 in WC opener

Updated: 08 June 2009 14:35 IST

Skipper Diwakar Ram smashed led from the front scoring five goals as former champions India opened their campaign in style by crushing co-hosts Singapore.

Singapore:

Skipper Diwakar Ram smashed led from the front scoring five goals as former champions India opened their campaign in style by crushing co-hosts Singapore 10-0 in the Junior World Cup Hockey tournament here on Monday.

Diwakar Ram flicked five goals from penalty corners in the 15th, 18th, 29th, 55th and 66th minutes at the Seng Kang Sports Complex.

Indians, who led 6-0 at the break, scored their other goals through Danish Mujtaba 5th and 51st, Dharamvir Singh 26th, Mandip Antil 30th and Vivek 47th minute.

This is also the highest victory margin so far in the event, being co-hosted by Singapore and Malaysia.

India dominated the proceedings from the beginning with constant attacks from their forwards.

They attacked at will with perfect coordination among the midfielders and the forwards. The strong bench strength of India afforded coach A K Bansal to shuffle his pack.

Indian medios and deep defence did not allow Singapore to advance too much in their territory as goalkeeper Choubey was not tested.

The Indian flankmen Mandip Antil and Mohd. Amir Khan tore open the seams of the Singapore defence and fed strikers Danish Mujtaba, Pramod Kumar and Jay Karan as they successfully won penalty corners in quick succession.

India play New Zealand in their Pool D match tomorrow.

In an earlier Pool D match, Holland registered their second successive win by beating Poland 7-2.

Topics : Hockey
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