India Thrash Indonesia 16-0 To Qualify For Super 4s:Asia Cup Hockey 2022
The Indian hockey team came up with a superlative performance to thrash Indonesia 16-0 and qualify for the Super 4s in the 2022 Men's Hockey Asia Cup. India joined Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea in the Super 4 round of Asia Cup.
The result not only pushed Pakistan out of the tournament but also dashed their hopes of World Cup qualification since only the top three teams here will be given tickets for the big event.
India needed to beat Indonesia by a 15-0 margin or more to make it to the next round and the defending champions rode on a splendid show from Dipsan Tirkey, who hammered five goals, and Sudev Belimagga, who sounded the board thrice.
Dipsan Tirkey (5 goals) and Sudev Belimagga (3 goal) shared eight goals between them, playing a key role in team's crucial win.
Veteran SV Sunil, Pawan Rajbhar and Karthi Selvam scored a brace each while Uttam Singh and Nilam Sanjeep Xess were the other goal getters for India.
The Indians managed two more penalty corners but on both the occasion Dipsan faltered.
India continued their attacking instinct and secured another penalty corner in the 19th minute from which Sunil scored after they recovered from a miss-stop.
A minute later, the Indians earned back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which was converted by Nilam Sanjeep Xess to make the scoreline 5-0.
In the 24th minute, Sunil deflected in Karthi Selvam's pass from near post to make it 6-0.
Belimagga then scored two goals in a span of two minutes before Dipsan completed his hat-trick by converting India's 14th penalty corner to make the scoreline 12-0.
Desperate for goals, the Indians attacked with numbers and their ploy bore fruit when Karthi Selvam scored from a field effort. Tirkey converted two more penalty corners in the final minute of the game to extend India's stay in the tournament.
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