The defending champion, India’s men’s hockey team, started its campaign in a too much energetic manner in the 18th Asian Games on Monday, defeating hosts Indonesia 17-0. This is the biggest win against any team in India in the Asian Games. In this Group A match, India had already made a 5-0 lead in the quarter. The first goal of the match happened in the first minute. Rupinder Pal Singh opened India’s account on a penalty stroke. After this, India scored second (Rupinder), seventh (Dilpreet Singh), 10th (Akashdeep Singh) and 13th (Simranjeet Singh) in the minute. India also got the same result in the second quarter. In this quarter, they were managed to score four goals.
For India, SV Sunil scored the 25th and 7th goal of Vivek Prasad in the 26th minute while the eighth goal was scored by Mandeep Singh in the 28th minute and the ninth goal was followed by Dilpreet Singh in the 29th minute. At the beginning of the third quarter, Harmanpreet scored a goal for India and India took a lead of 10-0. In the 32nd minute, Dilpreet scored his third and overall 11th goal of the game. After one minute, Simranjit Singh scored another goal and set a 12-0 lead over Indonesia.
For India, the 13th goal of the match was followed in the same quarter, when Lalit Upadhyay opened his account. After this, India scored their 14th goal in the fourth quarter. Mandeep Singh scored this goal in the 46th minute. Three minutes later Mandeep scored another goal to lead a score by 15-0. Three minutes later, Simranjeet scored another goal in the favor of Lalit, making the score 16-0 in favor of India. A minute later, Amit Rohidas gets a penalty corner and made India a further 17-0. Now, India’s next match will be on Wednesday against Hong Kong.