India look to ride the momentum versus Bangladesh
Bolstered by a dominating 5-1 win over Japan, India will look to carry forward the momentum when they take on hosts Bangladesh in their second Pool A match of the men’s Asia Cup.
The Indian team led by Manpreet Singh hardly broke a sweat against Japan in its campaign opener on Wednesday. Apart from an initial set back when Japan equalised in the fourth minute, India sailed through the match improvising their game and rarely stumbling against the Japanese counter attack.
In their first tournament under a new coach, India meant business and found the net in each quarter, twice in the third, to streamroll their less-fancied but tricky opponents. SV Sunil (3rd minute), Lalit Upadhyay (22nd), Ramandeep Singh (33rd) and Harmanpreet Singh (35th and 48th) were on target.
India will be hoping to build on the confidence they have gained from the first match and the team’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne hopes his players put on an improved show against the home team on Friday. “As a coach, I am always critical so I have to say I am not 100 per cent happy with how we played. I believe we can do better but this was our first match and now that the team is done with shaking off the initial jitters, I think we can focus on improved performance in the next game,” he said.
Considering that Bangladesh suffered a humiliating 0-7 loss in their campaign opener against Pakistan on Wednesday, India will start as overwhelming favourites. The Indians will look to stick to basics and execute their plans well. “If we are able to do that (stick to our plans), then I don’t see why we should not win the match,” Marijne said.
As coach, I am always critical so I have to say I am not 100% happy with how we played. We can do better... we can focus on improved performance.