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FIH Series Finals: India maul hapless Russia 10-0 in opener

BHUBANESWAR: Favourites India demolished hapless Russia 10-Zero in their opening fit of the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament to start their 2020 Olympics qualification campaign on a rousing word on Thursday.

Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh (32nd, 48th) and striker Akashdeep Singh (41st, 55th minutes) scored a brace each for India, whilst Nilkanata Sharma (13th), Simranjeet Singh (19th), Amit Rohidas (20th), Varun Kumar (33rd), Gursahibjit Singh (38th) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (45th) were the opposite goal-getters for the home crew in the lop-sided Pool A stumble upon.

India will play Poland in their 2nd pool fit on Friday.

Even despite the fact that their target was once by no means threatened once in the first two quarters, the Indians were gradual to get off the blocks, especially towards an aspect which is ranked 22nd on this planet.

The Indian forwardline looked just a little complacent in the first half as it failed to finish off the moves on slightly a few events.

But nonetheless it was once one-way site visitors as India controlled the proceedings from the phrase move.

As early as the third minute, India earned back-to-back penalty corners but both went in vain with Harmanpreet hanging the top upright of the Russian target in the second effort.

It took international no. 5 India 13 minutes to break the deadlock when Nilkanta deflected in Akashdeep Singh's push from best of the D.

Seconds later Nilkanta was once once again in the thick of things but his check out from best of the circle was once saved through Russian goalkeeper Marat Gafarov.

India doubled their lead in the 19th minute thru Simranjeet who scored from a rebound after Sumit's reverse hit was once saved through the Russian goalie.

A minute later India secured their third penalty corner and Rohidas made no mistake in slotting the ball house handy his facet a Three-Zero lead.

The hosts secured any other quick corner before the midway damage but didn't utilise it.

But the Indians changed equipment after go over and toyed with the Russian defence to score targets at will.

Harmanpreet and Varun first transformed two penalty corners in consecutive minutes before Gursahibjit and Akashdeep scored two box targets in the 38th and 41st minutes respectively.

Young Prasad additionally registered his name in the score sheet before Harmanpreet sounded the board again from a penalty corner.

Akashdeep scored his 2nd target of the day 5 minutes from the overall hooter to finish the rout.

Chief coach Graham Reid mentioned he was once pleased with the Indian crew's performance but not satisfied.

"I am happy with our performance today but we can do much better. We would have liked to score more goals in the first two quarters. A coach can never be satisfied," the Australian mentioned after the fit.

"It is difficult to judge performance against a team like Russia," he added.

India captain Manpreet Singh agreed along with his coach.

"We got a lot of scoring chances and our finishing too was very good. But we need to avail more of the chances that come our way," he mentioned.

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