Odisha’s Dipsan Tirkey Scores 5 In 16-0 Romp As India Sneak Into Super 4s Of Asia Cup

OB Bureau

Jakarta: India wallopped hosts Indonesia 16-0 to pip Pakistan to a Super 4s berth in the Asia Cup hockey championship at Jakarta on Thursday.

Odisha’s Dipsan Tirkey contributed handsomely with 5 goals, while another Odisha youngster Nilam Sanjeep Xess also got his name registered in the scoresheet. Abharan Sudev scored 3 goals and Man-of-the-Match Pawan Rajbhar netted 2 besides providing a couple of assists.

India had their task cut out, going into their final Pool A match, after having drawn 1-1 with Pakistan and lost 2-5 against Japan.

They needed to win by at least a 15-goal margin to have a better goal difference and qualify for the Super 4s ahead of arch-rivals Pakistan. The Birendra Lakra-led team managed to achieve that, scoring 6 in the first two quarters and 10 in the second half of the match.

India and Japan thus qualified from Pool A, along with Malaysia and Korea from Pool B.

OB Bureau

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