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India edges past China; South Korea posts runway win

India edges past China; South Korea posts runway win

Dilip Tirkey's penalty corner strike clinched defending champion India a 1-0 victory against China on Friday, the opening day of the men's field hockey Asia Cup.
Tirkey's 45th minute penalty corner conversion helped India avenge its shock defeat by China in last year's Asian Games.
The Asian Games in December saw former world champion India failing to make the semifinals for the first time in a continental event, while China went on to claim the silver medal.
In other Pool B fixtures, Asian Games gold medalist South Korea hammered Sri Lanka 12-2 and Bangladesh outplayed Thailand 13-0.
Penalty corner striker Jang Jong-hyun and Kim Byung-hoon each had four strikes in South Korea's goal spree, while M. M. Gazalli scored both goals for Sri Lanka.
Two goals in the final three minutes boosted nippy striker Rasel Mahmud's tally to four as Bangladesh's strikers produced the most goals in the opening round. One notch behind him was penalty corner specialist Mohammad Kamun with three conversions.
In Pool A, three-time Asia Cup winner Pakistan launched its campaign with a 6-1 victory over Hong Kong and Malaysia outplayed Singapore 8-0.
Muhammad Imran's two penalty corner conversions and an equal number of field goals from Shakeel Abbasi sealed Pakistan's victory.
Malaysia asserted its dominance over Singapore through two goals each from skipper Chua Boonhuat, Zulkifli Rejab and Alzon Misron.


Updated : 2021-07-31 07:50 GMT+08:00