Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

India meets Japan in opener

India meets Japan in opener

India, who came into the Asia Cup following a disappointing campaign in Hockey World League semifinal round in England, had to wait for only three minutes to take the lead against a youthful Japan when Sunil Sowmapret put India ahead from counter attack.

It was newly appointed coach Sjoerd Marijne's first test after Roelant Oltmans was sacked just before the tournament and he got the desired result.

"We have seen how they play and they are definitely one of the fastest improving sides in Asia".

In the recent past, TVS Tyres has associated with sporting events like Indian Premier League, Hockey India League, Asian Champions Trophy, Indian Super League and Cricket All Stars Series, etc.

On the opening day, all the four teams of pool A will be in action.

Pakistan played a practice match against China on Monday and defeated them by 3-2.

Goalkeepers Akash Chikte and Suraj Karkera retained their spots whereas defenders Harmanpreet Singh and Surender Kumar make a return after being rested for the Europe Tour. The tournament will also witness the return of seasoned pros like former skipper Sardar Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Satbir Singh and SV Sunil, who has been named the vice-captain. Meanwhile, he applauded the work of PHF to revive hockey in Pakistan.He congratulated the PHF for organising such a colorful tournament featuring 11 global goalkeepers. Now, this association with Hero Asia Cup 2017 is one more prestigious brand engagement.

India have already qualified for the World Cup as hosts, while Japan must win their next two matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh to keep their hopes alive.

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