Kuantan: In the opening match of the Asian Champions Trophy 2016, India had a thumpng 10-2 victory over Japan today. Rupinder Pal singh of India was the pick of scorers with 6 goals under his name.
In the second game of the day, India were seen put under sun to perform and they did not disappoint.
India started off to a flier as they got their first inroad to the scoreboard in the first two minutes, via Ramandeep Singh. Seven minutes post that first goal, Rupinder Pal Singh started his marathon on the opponents goal, his first from what was the first of his six goals from a PC to double India’s lead.
Stand-in Skipper for the game, Rupinder scored a second, another dragflick taking a deflection to hit the back of the net and then Ramandeep hit back take India to the first break with a 4-0 lead.
The Indian Captain scored two more and Talwinder Singh added one more in the second quarter, before Japan got one back to go into half time 7-1 down.
In a perfect annihilation of the opponents, Rupinder Pal added two more to his tally in the final quarter and Affan Yousuf scored one in the second half. Japan could score only once which wasn’t even close to bridging the lead.
The second half of the match offered Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans the opportunity to experiment his set up and offer players a bit more rest, with tougher challenges ahead as India had a satisfying win of 10-2 over Japan.
India to play Korea next on October 22, 2016.