Skipper Rupinder gets 6, Ramandeep 2 as India crush Japan 10-2 | Asian Champions Trophy

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India might have not have won any medal in the Rio Olympics, but they impressed everyone with their hockey. It was proved once again as India played superlative hockey to a an easy 10-2 victory over Japan. India will hope for a similar performance in its next match against Korea and arch-rival Pakistan later this week.

 

In an upset in the very first match, hosts Malaysia beat Pakistan 4-2, evidence again of Pakistan’s recent decline in Hockey and other sport for that matter. Pakistan are the most successful side in the tournament’s brief history, winning two out of the three editions.

Rupinder Pal Singh was Japan’s nemesis tonight, hitting the goal six times. India, placed sixth in the world, are the only Asian team to feature in the top 10 of the world rankings. South Korea are second-best at 11th, followed by Pakistan (13). Going purely by rankings and recent performances, India is favourite to win gold in Asian Champions Trophy.

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Full Schedule (All timings are in IST):

 Date  Time  Match  Fixture
 20 October  15:30  Match 1  Malaysia va Pakistan
 18:00  Match 2  India vs Japan
 21 October  15:30  Match 3  Pakistan vs Korea
 18:00  Match 4  Malaysia vs China
 22 October  15:30  Match 5  India vs Korea
 18:00  Match 6  China vs Japan
 23 October  15:30  Match 7  India vs Pakistan
 18:00  Match 8  Malaysia vs Japan
 24 October  15:30  Match 9  Korea vs China
 25 October  15:30  Match 10  Pakistan vs Japan
 18:00  Match 11  India vs China
 26 October  15:30  Match 12  Korea vs Japan
 18:00  Match 13  Malaysia vs India
 27 October  15:30  Match 14  Pakistan vs China
 18:00  Match 15  Korea vs Malaysia
 29 October  15:30  Match 16  5/6 Place Match
 13:00  Match 17  Semi-final 1
 18:00  Match 18  Semi-final 2
 30 October  15:30  Match 19  3/4 Place Match
 18:00  Match 20  Final