Ipoh: Penalty corner experts Rupinderpal Singh and VR Raghunath slammed a hat-trick each as India mauled minnows Bangladesh 9-1 to maintain their unbeaten run ahead of the semi-finals in the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament, here, on Wednesday.
The Indians, who were through to the semi-finals even before Wednesday’s match, led 5-1 at the breather and pumped in four more goals in the second session to stamp their authority over their lowly opponents.
Rupinderpal (4th, 19th, 27th, 61st minutes) scored four goals in the match, out of which three came via penalty corner, while Raghunath (29th, 52nd, 59th) converted short corners to emerge as the joint top-scorer of the tournament with Jang Jong Hyun of South Korea on six goals apiece.
Nikkin Thimmaiah (25th) and Malak Singh (47th) were the other goal scorers for India. Bangladesh’s lone goal came from the stick of their captain Md Mamunur Rahman Chayan (35th minute).
By virtue of this win, the Indians finished on top of Pool B with nine points from three games. Defending champions South Korea are second in this pool with six points.
India will now face Pool A runners-up Malaysia in the second semi-final on Friday, while South Korea will be up against Pakistan.
The India-Bangladesh match started early 40 minutes late as the first game of the day between Korea and Oman was delayed due t rain.