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Home > Sports > Hockey > UNI > Report

Raghunath 'tricks' in practice

November 30, 2006 23:32 IST

A second half hat-trick by drag-flicker Raghunath enabled India to beat Hong Kong 4-0 in their final warm-up game ahead of their Asiad campaign in Doha on Thursday.

Striker Shivendra Singh had put the Indians ahead after being set up by Adam Sinclair.

Also read: Baskaran's boys ready to rumble

 The match was played in two 20 minute sessions and the Indians got their first feel on the main competition pitch.

Coach Vasudevan Baskaran shuffled his players in various combinations, alternating between Ignace Tirkey and Ajmer Singh in central midfield, alongside V S Vinaya, Gurbaj Singh and Arjun Halappa.

The rhythm and flow amongst the forwards was apparently missing, thereby casting serious doubts on the team's gold prospects.

Baskaran was however hopeful that his boys would get the desired spark and sting as the tournament goes along.

''We will be coherent and get into the groove,'' he said.

India play their opener against Bangladesh on December 4.


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