Hero Match Review
Jakarta, 26 May 2022: The India Men’s Hockey Team picked up a stunning 16-0 win over the hosts Indonesia in Hero Asia Cup 2022 at the GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday. Dipsan Tirkey (42′, 47′, 59′, 59′) starred for India, scoring four goals in the match, while Sudev Belimagga (45′, 46′, 55′) also scored a hat-trick in the match. Pawan Rajbhar (10′, 11), SV Sunil (19′, 24′), and Karthi Selvam (40′, 56′) also scored a brace each in the match, while Uttam Singh (14′), Nilam Sanjeep Xess (20′) and Birendra Lakra (41′) scored a goal each to help their team pick up the win.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan suffered a heart-break 2-3 loss to Japan which ended their hopes for the World Cup qualification. A win against Japan or even a draw would have put Pakistan in the Super 4s but the team had to depend on the result of India Vs Indonesia match, where the defending champions India need to win by a difference of 15 goals to edge past Pakistan into the Super 4s.
India started the match against Indonesia at a relentless pace, showcasing their intention to get a big win from the start of the match. In the 7th minute, Uttam Singh missed a clear chance to get the first goal for India. But they did not have to wait for long to get off the mark as Pawan Rajbhar struck two goals in two minutes to give his team a 2-0 lead before Uttam Singh added another goal just before the closing of the first quarter.
SV Sunil made an impact in the 2nd quarter as he deflected the ball into the Indonesia net in the 19th minute. A minute later, Nilam Sanjeep Xess added another goal for India from a PC as India extended their lead to 5-0. SV Sunil deflected the ball into the back of the nets a few minutes later to extend India’s lead to 6-0 before the half-time.
Indonesia goalkeeper Alam Fajar defended well in the third quarter as India continued to search for more goals. Karthi Selvam finally broke the resistance in the 40th minute, getting the 7th goal for India. Skipper Birendra Lakra made an impact, getting the 8th goal for India in the 41st minute, after which Dipsan Tirkey and Sudev Belimagga scored a goal each to take India to 10-0 before the start of the final quarter. In the final 15 minutes, Dipsan Tirkey scored thrice, Sudev Belimagga scored a brace, while Selvam Karthi added another goal as India picked up a consolidating 16-0 win.
Hero Man of the Match for India Vs Indonesia Pawan Rajbhar