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Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:12

Skipper Mamunur Rahman Chayan struck his eighth international hattrick to give Bangladesh a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Hong Kong in their first match of the Asian Games Hockey Qualifiers at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Apart from Chayan's three goals from penalty corners, Moinul Islam Koushik and Hasan Jubair Niloy scored one goal apiece in an almost one-sided affair where Arif Ali struck a consolation goal for the losing team.
A rejuvenated Bangladesh needed such a convincing start in a bid to rebuild the confidence among the players and they played like a team, rather than individuals, to dominate possession right from the word go.
However, forwards failed to find the target time and again before Chayan opened the scoring in the 24th minute from a penalty corner.
Chayan doubled the lead in the 33rd minute with a drag and flick off a penalty corner before completing his hattrick in the 46th minute in the same fashion.
Coach Naveed Alam used his all substitutes as Bangladesh increased the margin to 5-0 with Koushik and Niloy scoring field goals in the 54th and 55th minutes respectively.
Hong Kong availed pounced on the relaxing Bangladesh to pull one back in the 59th minute which just reduced the margin of defeat for them.
“The players might have been excited as it was the first match which is why they missed some field goals in the first half. Otherwise, they did very good work today (Sunday),” said Naveed. “But I want more tactical work and hope you will see it from the next match.”
“Definitely, this win gives us more confidence and trust among our players even though we could not play according to plan in the first half but we did it in the second half,” said man-of-the-match Chayan.
Meanwhile, in the day's first match of the same group, Singapore came from two goals down to notch a dramatic 3-2 win over Iran.

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