After the Indian men's hockey team won the Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai in August, expectations from them are ripe at the Asian Games 2023, and nothing less than gold, which guarantees an Olympic berth, will satisfy the Harmanpreet Singh-led side. They have embarked on that mission in right earnest, winning their first four games without breaking a sweat. Having secured their spot in the semifinals after thrashing Pakistan 10-2, the Indian men's hockey team kept the winning run going against Bangladesh in their last Pool A encounter, thrashing their eastern neighbours 12-0. Catch all the highlights of the IND vs BAN Hangzhou Asiad match here. (Medal Tally | Schedule | Full Coverage | Sports News)
2:46pm: Full Time - IND 12-0 BAN
The hooter finally rings out, much to the relief of Bangladesh's defence. India have sent 12 past them and not conceded any goal, to end their group-stage campaign on a high.
2:41pm: 4th Quarter - IND 12-0 BAN (57')
Abhishek scores another one! India leave Bangladesh defenders breathless with strikes within seconds. Gurjant threads in a pinpoint pass to Abhishek in the D, who calmly converts.
2:39pm: 4th Quarter - IND 11-0 BAN (56')
Sumit scores! And here is is goal number 11. Sumit sends one past the goalkeeper, who deflects the ball, but not enough to miss the goal.
2:29pm: 4th Quarter - IND 10-0 BAN (47')
Nilakanta scores! Nilakanta with a rare international goal for India. A line of Indians cue up in the D to feast on a loose ball and Nilakanta makes the most of it to send India into double digits.
2:28pm: 4th Quarter - IND 9-0 BAN (46')
Mandeep scores his hat-trick! The ball bobbles up in the D and Mandeep smacks it down vertically past the goalkeeper.
2:25pm: 3rd Quarter - IND 8-0 BAN
Third quarter ends. India have added two more goals in the quarter to take it to 8-0. It remains to be seen whether they can maintain a clean sheet in this game, something they haven't been able to do in the last couple of matches.
2:18pm: 3rd Quarter - IND 8-0 BAN (41')
Abhishek scores! Finally a goal for the man who has been unselfishly making asists. Sensational tomahawk strike from Abhishek at an acute angle.
2:08pm: 3rd Quarter - IND 7-0 BAN (32')
Harmanpreet gets his hat-trick! Too easy for India's drag-flick specialist. He slots it in and smiles immediately, indicating he did not hit it quite as well as he would have liked. Still gets the goal and the hat-trick.
1:53pm: 2nd Quarter - IND 6-0 BAN
Second quarter ends, with India leading 6-0. The Indians are looking in the mood to score more than 10 goals. It's more of a question of who and how than when. Bangladesh need to tighten their defence in the second half to prevent that from happening.
1:51pm: 2nd Quarter - IND 6-0 BAN (28')
Amit Rohidas scores! No Harmanpreet, no problem. Rohidas scores with the drag-flick off a precise Hardik injection. India running Bangladesh ragged.
1:45pm: 2nd Quarter - IND 5-0 BAN (24')
Mandeep scores again! India score two goals in quick succession. First, Lalit converts from another smart Abhishek assist in open play and then Mandeep scores a minute later as a parried PC drag-flick lands right in front of him.
1:37pm: 2nd Quarter - IND 3-0 BAN (18')
Mandeep scores! The ace India forward makes no mistake as Abhishek unselfishly passes the ball to him inside the D. Goof team goal that came from open play, a positive sign for India going forward in the event.
1:33pm: 1st Quarter - IND 2-0 BAN
The first quarter ends. India took their foot off the pedal a bit after the two early goals but Bangladesh too did well to keep them at bay. India still hogging most of the possession and well in control of proceedings.
1:20pm: 1st Quarter - IND 2-0 BAN (4')
Harmanpreet scores his second! The Indian skipper with almost an action replay of the first goal, with another powerful drag flick which the Bangladesh defence can do nothing about. India 2-0 up within four minutes.
1:18pm: 1st Quarter - IND 1-0 BAN (2')
Harmanpreet scores! The India captain is making a happy habit of PC conversions. He slots in a powerful flick into the right corner to make an early inroad.
1:17pm: 1st Quarter - IND 0-0 BAN (2')
India get their first penalty corner of the match as Mandeep Singh is felled inside the D.
1:11 National Anthem Time
The two teams are out on the field and the national anthems are about to begin.
12:43pm: India Line-up
Here's how the Indian team lines up in its final Pool A encounter.
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