Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 30:
The Indian hockey team today outplayed hosts Bangladesh to lift the fourth edition of Under-18 Asia Cup tournament. The team led by Odisha’s Nilam Sanjeep Xess avenged their defeat in the tournament opener defeating their rival by 5-4 goals.
In the toughly contested match played at Dhaka, Indian team held their nerves till the end of the match to emerge victorious.
The seesaw battle went down to the wire as India scored the winning goal just 20 seconds before the final whistle. By the end of the first half, the score was leveled at 1-1. However, the second half was a test of nerves for both the teams.
Team’s vice captain Hardik Singh won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his splendid performance throughout the tournament.
The win would definitely be a booster for the winning team ahead of the Junior World Cup scheduled this December in India.
India defeated arch rival Pakistan 3-1 yesterday to storm into the final of the seven-nation tournament played today.