10th Hockey Asia Cup 2017: Pakistan face India in Dhaka on Sunday

Posted October 15, 2017

Boosted by a thumping win over Japan, the Indian men's hockey team will look to continue their momentum when they take on hosts Bangladesh in their second Pool A match of the Asia Cup.

After the termination of Roelant Oltmans' contract, many thought that new coach Sjoerd Marijne would find it a bit hard initially to find the right chemistry from the team.

Apart from an initial set back when Japan equalised in the fourth minute, India sailed through the match improvising their game hooter-to-hooter and rarely ever stumbled against the Japanese counter-attack.

In the final 10 minutes, both teams tried their best to edge ahead but a victor was not to be found.

"As a coach, I am always critical so I have to say I am not 100 per cent happy with how we played". India now play Pakistan on Sunday.

Two minutes into the third quarter, India won a PC but India's young dragflicker Varun Kumar's effort was padded away. Despite scoring 12 goals in the last two games their penalty corner conversion rate remains a matter of grave concern.

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"Our management has changed and I am confident we will put up a good show where hockey lovers from across the world will enjoy the match", expressed the 27-year-old. Harmanpreet made no mistake in converting it and take India's lead to a formidable 5-0.

A day after thrashing hosts Bangladesh 7-0, the Greenshirts were a good bet to collect another win, even more so because Japan had suffered a 5-1 spanking at the hands of India in their opening fixture.

"We are aware that we go into this tournament as the highest-ranked team and we will aim to keep up the No.1 status", the skipper has said.

"The Asia Cup will be the best opportunity for me to know the style of hockey the team is comfortable with". It was a bad start but we don't want to let this loss affect our confidence.

For Manpreet and India, the Asia Cup is a chance to assert their supremacy in the continent.