India maul Oman 9-1 to record 2nd win in HWL

Published: 21st February 2013 09:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2013 09:59 AM   |  A+A-


Vice-captain V R Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh and Nithin Thimmaiah scored a brace each to guide India to a resounding 9-1 win over minnows Oman and register their second straight victory in the men's Hero Hockey World League Round 2 here today.

Raghunath (3rd minute, 40th) and Rupinder (14th, 38th) converted two penalty corners apiece while Nithin (16th, 60th) scored his two goals through field efforts.

Dharamvir Singh (20th), debutant Mandeep Singh (42nd) and another penalty corner specialist Gurjinder Singh (65th) were the other goal scorers for the hosts at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.

Mohammed Hubais Al Shar scored the consolation goal for Oman.

Ranked 21 places ahead of the 36th ranked Omanese, the Indians went into the match as favourites and expectedly controlled the proceedings from start to finish.

Oman's attacks were few and far between but whenever opportunity came their way, they lacked quality to trouble the Indian defence. It didn't take too long for India to open the scoring as Raghunath converted the hosts' first penalty corner in the third minute.

It was raining goals for India as Rupinder doubled the lead in the 14th minute from another set piece before Nithin made it 3-0 two minutes later, scoring from close range after pouncing on a loose ball.

A diving Dharamvir also registered his name in the scoresheet after gently tapping in Mandeep's pass from a difficult angle four minutes later.

Oman, however, pulled one back in the 35th minute from a penalty corner through Al Shar, whose low drag-flick beat Indian goalkeeper P R Sreejesh all ends up to go into the breather trailing 1-4.

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